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Archimedes' screw

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noun
a device consisting essentially of a spiral passage within an inclined cylinder for raising water to a height when rotated.
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Also called water snail.

Origin of Archimedes' screw

First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for Archimedes' screw

Archimedes' screw

Archimedean screw

/ (ˌɑːkɪˈmiːdɪən, -mɪˈdiːən) /

noun
an ancient type of water-lifting device making use of a spiral passage in an inclined cylinder. The water is raised when the spiral is rotated
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