One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in Spain and Spanish-speaking regions: a porous earthenware vessel used for cooling water by evaporation from its outer surface.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Townsend (1739–1816), geologist and writer. From Spanish alcarraza from Arabic al-karrāz from al the + karrāz jug with a narrow neck.
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