Meaning of qanat in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈnɑːt/


(also kanat)
  • (in the Middle East) a gently sloping underground channel or tunnel constructed to lead water from the interior of a hill to a village below.

    ‘Any failure of the qanats could lead to the death of the entire village.’
    • ‘Most amazing are the irrigation systems, called karezes or qanats.’
    • ‘Settlements in other areas of the Brahui region depend on qanat irrigation, a system of tunnels dug between shafts to carry water.’


Persian, from Arabic qanāt ‘reed, pipe, channel’.