[nawr-ee-uh, nohr-]
a device consisting of a series of buckets on a wheel, used in Spain and the Orient for raising water.

1785–95; < Spanish < Arabic nāʿūra Unabridged
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noria (ˈnɔːrɪə)
a water wheel with buckets attached to its rim for raising water from a stream into irrigation canals: common in Spain and the Orient
[C18: via Spanish from Arabic nā`ūra, from na`ara to creak]

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