[nawr-ee-uh, nohr-]

Origin of noria

1785–95; < Spanish < Arabic nāʿūra Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for noria

Historical Examples of noria

  • Here the traveller from the north first sees the Noria or Moorish water-wheel at work.


    Wentworth Webster

  • I offer him a double price for the fine fighting cock he has brought from Noria, but this he will not give up.

    On the Mexican Highlands

    William Seymour Edwards

  • Our first work on reaching the island was to erect a water wheel, or “noria,” as it was called in the book, in front of the camp.

    The Scientific American Boy

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • The Noria, a chain of pots, and the screw of Archimedes were other forms of ancient pumps.

    Inventions in the Century

    William Henry Doolittle

British Dictionary definitions for noria


  1. a water wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water from a stream into irrigation canals: common in Spain and the Orient

Word Origin for noria

C18: via Spanish from Arabic nā`ūra, from na`ara to creak
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