Definition of qanat in English:

qanat

noun

  • (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.

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

Origin

Persian, from Arabic ḳanāt reed, pipe, channel.

Pronunciation:

qanat

/kəˈnät/