[ nawr-ee-uh, nohr- ]
/ ˈnɔr i ə, ˈnoʊr- /
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a device consisting of a series of buckets on a wheel, used in Spain and the East for raising water.



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Origin of noria

1785–95; <Spanish <Arabic nāʿūra
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Example sentences from the Web for noria

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

    Inventions in the Century|William Henry Doolittle
  • Here the traveller from the north first sees the Noria or Moorish water-wheel at work.

    Spain|Wentworth Webster
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for noria

/ (ˈnɔːrɪə) /


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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