One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A pipe that contains or conveys water, especially any of those carrying water through a water-tube boiler.
2Zoology (in invertebrates) a tubular structure that conveys water, such as a water vessel in an echinoderm or a vertical channel in the gill filament of a bivalve mollusc.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Desaguliers (1683–1744), natural philosopher and engineer.
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