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cenote

[ suh-noh-tee ]
/ səˈnoʊ ti /
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noun
a deep natural well or sinkhole, especially in Central America, formed by the collapse of surface limestone that exposes groundwater underneath.
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Origin of cenote

First recorded in 1835–45; from Mexican Spanish, from Yucatec Mayan tz'onot
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British Dictionary definitions for cenote

cenote
/ (sɪˈnəʊteɪ) /

noun
(esp in the Yucatán peninsula) a natural well formed by the collapse of an overlying limestone crust: often used as a sacrificial site by the Mayas

Word Origin for cenote

C19: via Mexican Spanish from Maya conot
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