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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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  • They are watered by an acequia that brings water from Sun River several miles above the post.

  • I shall walk up the acequia to the rock I am going to blast.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • But when it reaches the end of the acequia, it is lost between the trench and the field to which they would conduct it.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • He said his horse had stumbled into an acequia in the darkness and fallen on him, and now he wanted to get up.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • Then came the sidewalk, and the acequia (ditch), then a row of young cottonwood trees, then the parade ground.

    Vanished Arizona Martha Summerhayes
  • The acequia Court is one of the most beautiful of the patios in the buildings comprising the Alhambra.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • Circling the camp at wide distance, he had crossed the acequia and reached the Gila road.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • Presently Salvador himself came bustling up from the acequia, whip in hand and revolver on hip.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • And he himself started out towards the acequia to look at the tracks.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • He had laughed at the orisons offered up by the Santiago people before blasting the acequia; he did not laugh at hers.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend

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