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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Stuart's Word Spot: Qanat

Qanat illustrationImage via Wikipedia
Qanat: noun - A gently sloping underground channel or tunnel, esp. one constructed to lead water from the interior of a hill to a village below. Thought to originate in pre-Islamic Iran.

'Ahmed crawled on all fours, half in muddy water, as he continued the qanat from the mother well to join the newly sunk access well lower down the slope, eventually bringing fresh water to the village.'

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