from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An irrigation canal.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A canal for irrigation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Sp. Amer. A canal or trench for irrigating land.
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- noun an
acequia, an irrigation ditch
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The acequia is the oldest one of its kind in the United States that has been used continuously since it was built in the 1730s or
Derived from the imported culture of Spanish settlers (via the Arabic Moors who brought the concept to Iberia previously) and combined with the best practices of the native peoples of the region, the acequia system is a powerful example of how we might envision people working together not only with each other but with the land itself.
The ditch association is actually a 150 year old acequia that today comprises about 30 farms downstream that depend on the water.
That's why he was out walking the acequia ditch along the perimeter of his New Mexico ranch, more than a mile from his house, when the courier came.
There had been incidents where the release of river water into acequia systems by local growers was argued.
The gate is opened first, and that the horse always stands facing, for the instant he feels my weight upon his back there is a little flinch, then a dash down the yard, a jump over the acequia, then out through the gate to the plain beyond, where he quiets down and I fix my stirrup.
They are watered by an acequia that brings water from Sun River several miles above the post.
The force of the wind was terrific, and besides, I was obliged to cross the little acequia.
My hand went back in search: there was no time to look: the prairie just here was cut up with little gopher-holes and criss-crossed by tiny canals from the main _acequia_, or irrigating ditch.
No traces of the ditch were found east of the point shown in plate XXXIV, but as the modern acequia, which enters the valley nearly 10 feet below the ancient one, extends up the valley nearly to its head, there is no reason to suppose that the ancient ditch did not irrigate nearly the whole area of bottom land.
Aboriginal Remains in Verde Valley, Arizona Thirteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1891-92, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1896, pages 179-262
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