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An open watercourse to conduct water, especially for agricultural or industrial purposes. Also: (in south-western England) a piece of land irrigated by such a watercourse; a water meadow (now historical).
Old English; earliest use found in Harley Glossary. In some forms (i) from water + Old English gelaēt, by-form of gelaēte coming together, junction.
water leat/ˈwɔːtə ˌliːt/
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