One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of a person: that carries water from a spring, well, river, etc., for domestic use.
2Chiefly Geology. That holds or yields water.
3Of a country, region, etc.: producing or containing water; not arid. Now somewhat rare.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Wilson (d. 1600), actor and playwright. From water + bearing.
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