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See also: Reservoir and réservoir



From French réservoir (collection place) (fig.), réservoir (storehouse) (lit.). in turn from French réserver (to reserve, keep).[1]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛz.ə.vwɑː(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛz.ə(ɹ).vwɑɹ/, /ˈɹɛz.ə(ɹ).vwɔɹ/, /ˈɹɛz.ə(ɹ).vɔɹ/
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reservoir (plural reservoirs)

  1. A place where anything is kept in store
  2. A large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply.
  3. A small intercellular space, often containing resin, essential oil, or some other secreted matter.
  4. A supply or source of something.
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
  5. A species that acts as host to a zoonosis when it is not causing acute illness in other susceptible species.

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