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[uh-sey-kyuh; Spanish ah-se-kyah] /əˈseɪ kyə; Spanish ɑˈsɛ kyɑ/
noun, plural acequias
[uh-sey-kyuh z; Spanish ah-se-kyahs] /əˈseɪ kyəz; Spanish ɑˈsɛ kyɑs/ (Show IPA).
Southwestern U.S.
an irrigation ditch.
Origin of acequia
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish < Arabic al-sāqiyah the irrigation ditch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Often barely three feet wide and half that deep, the lowly acequia is a hand-dug, lovingly maintained ditch.
  • All of its lands are also surface irrigated from a main ditch which is owned and maintained by the respective acequia members.

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