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ciénaga

or cienega

[syey-nuh-guh, syen-uh-, sin-] /ˈsyeɪ nə gə, ˈsyɛn ə-, ˈsɪn-/
noun, Southwestern U.S.
1.
a swamp or marsh, especially one formed and fed by springs.
Origin of ciénaga
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; < Spanish, derivative of cieno mud, slime < Latin caenum filth

Ciénaga

[sye-nah-gah] /ˈsyɛ nɑˌgɑ/
noun
1.
a city in N Colombia, on the SE coast of the Caribbean Sea.
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  • The cienaga de Zapata is the largest and most easily drainable of the swamp areas mentioned.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Irrigation is carried on most scientifically, the water coming from a creek and the "cienaga," which I will explain later.

  • That the brook flowed from the cienaga, or marsh, where the Navajos were rendezvoused, was an easy inference.

    Captured by the Navajos Charles A. Curtis
  • A moment, and a clear, girlish voice called from among the trees that bordered the cienaga, "Whoo-ee."

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright

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