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aquifer (n.)

"water-bearing layer of rock," 1897, from Latin aqui-, combining form of aqua "water" (from PIE root *akwa- "water") + -fer "bearing," from ferre "to bear, carry" (from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry").

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Definitions of aquifer from WordNet

aquifer (n.)
underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc;
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