Definition of qanat in English:

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qanat

Pronunciation: /kəˈnät/

noun

(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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: qa·nat

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