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qanat Line breaks: qanat
Pronunciation: /kəˈnɑːt/
(also kanat)

Definition of qanat in English:


(In the Middle East) a gently sloping underground channel or tunnel constructed to lead water from the interior of a hill to a village below.
Example sentences
  • Any failure of the qanats could lead to the death of the entire village.
  • Most amazing are the irrigation systems, called karezes or qanats.
  • Settlements in other areas of the Brahui region depend on qanat irrigation, a system of tunnels dug between shafts to carry water.


Persian, from Arabic qanāt 'reed, pipe, channel'.

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