See also: Aquifer and aqüífer

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Nubian sandstone aquifer, Egypt

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From Latin aqua (water) + -fer (-bearing).

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aquifer (plural aquifers)

  1. An underground layer of water-bearing porous stone, earth, or gravel.
    The water in the well came from an aquifer.
    • 2023 August 16, Helena Horton, “United Utilities fined £800,000 for taking 22bn litres of water from aquifer”, in The Guardian:
      An aquifer is rock or sediment that holds groundwater – rain that is held below the surface of the soil and collected in empty spaces underground. Aquifers feed rivers to keep their flows at a healthy level, and are also important sources of water when reservoirs or other sources run low.

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