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artesian

[ahr-tee-zhuh n] /ɑrˈti ʒən/
adjective
1.
noting, pertaining to, or characteristic of an artesian well.
Origin of artesian
1820-1830
1820-30; < French artésien pertaining to Artois (Old French Arteis Artois + -ien -ian), after the wells of this kind in the region
Related forms
subartesian, adjective
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adj.

1830, from French puits artésien "wells of Artois," French province where such wells were first bored 18c. by French engineer Bernard Forest de Bélidor (1698-1761). The place name is from Old French Arteis, from Atrebates, a tribe that lived in northwestern Gallia. Cf. Arras.

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