From Persian, from Arabic قنات (qanāt).
qanat (plural qanats) An underground conduit, between vertical shafts, that leads water from the interior of a hill to villages in the valley 1981: Richard Edward Chapman, Geology and Water: An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics for Geologists, page 112. Shafts are dug to the required level along the planned route of the qanat, every 300 m or so, and the construction of the 1988: Keith Stanley McLachlan, The Neglected Garden: The Politics and Ecology of Agriculture in Iran Elsewhere over large areas of the plateau and the foothill regions, the qanat irrigation cultures were weakened considerably. Water supplies diminished
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