One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A gate in the wall of a town, castle, etc., which opens onto a river or other body of water; = "water gate" Also: the means by which a city, region, etc., is entered by water; a port; = "water gate". Now rare.
2A port through which water may enter or leave a pump, engine, etc.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Biblia: the Bible. From water + port.
water port/ˈwɔːtə ˌpɔːt/
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