Alcarraza

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alcarraza A vessel of porous earthenware, used for cooling liquids by evaporation from the exterior surface.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alcarraza A vessel made of porous unglazed pottery, used in hot climates for cooling water by the evaporation of the moisture oozing through the substance of the vessel. The effectiveness of the process is greatly increased by exposure to a current of air. In the southwestern United States commonly called olla.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp., from Ar. al-kurrāz, earthen vessel

Usage

In literature:

It is then a miniature specimen of exotic pottery, a paunchy alcarraza.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
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