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  • n. A river or watercourse.
  • abbr. Alternative form of ea.


From Middle English, from Old English ēa ("running water, water, stream, river"), from Proto-Germanic *ahwō (“waters, river”), from Proto-Indo-European *akʷā- (“water, flowing water”). Cognate with North Frisian ia ("river"), Eastern Frisian äi ("river"), Dutch aa ("water, stream"), German Ache ("water, stream, river, flood"), Swedish å ("stream, creek"), Icelandic á ("stream, river"), Latin aqua ("water"). (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation. (Wiktionary)



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  • I know! That's how I could remember it for Ancient History in junior high school.

    July 3, 2010

  • Oh, fun! Wordnet says ea is "the Babylonian god of wisdom; son of Apsu and father of Marduk; counterpart of the Sumerian Enki; as one of the supreme triad including Anu and Bel he was assigned control of the watery element."

    July 3, 2010

  • Also, water in Gallurese (Northeastern Sardu). In other parts of Sardinia water is abba.

    June 6, 2008

  • A river, running water.

    December 6, 2007