qanat

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Etymology[edit]

From Persian, from Arabic قنات (qanāt).

Noun[edit]

qanat (plural qanats)

  1. An underground conduit, between vertical shafts, that leads water from the interior of a hill to villages in the valley
    • 1981: Richard Edward Chapman, Geology and Water: An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics for Geologists, page 112.
      Shafts are dug to the required level along the planned route of the qanat, every 300 m or so, and the construction of the [...]
    • 1988: Keith Stanley McLachlan, The Neglected Garden: The Politics and Ecology of Agriculture in Iran
      Elsewhere over large areas of the plateau and the foothill regions, the qanat irrigation cultures were weakened considerably. Water supplies diminished [...]

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References[edit]

  • For a schematic of a qanat, refer to Geology and Water: An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics for Geologists, by Richard Edward Chapman, 1981, page 112.