Definition of water-bearing in US English:

water-bearing

adjective

  • 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.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Wilson (d. 1600), actor and playwright. From water + bearing.

Pronunciation

water-bearing

/ˈwɔːtəˌbɛːrɪŋ/