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 for Noria
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Noria \No"ri*a\ (n[=o]"r[i^]*[.a]), n. [Sp., from Ar.
     A large water wheel, turned by the action of a stream against
     its floats, and carrying at its circumference buckets, by
     which water is raised and discharged into a trough; used in
     Arabia, China, and elsewhere for irrigating land; a Persian
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a water wheel with buckets attached to the rim; used to
           raise water for transfer to an irrigation channel

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