One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Heraldry. = water bouget.
2= water bouget. Now historical and rare.
3Biology. The relationship between water intake and water loss in an organism, ecosystem, etc.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Gerard Legh (d. 1563), heraldic writer. From water + budget.
water budget/ˈwɔːtə ˌbʌdʒɪt/
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