or cie·ne·ga

[syey-nuh-guh, syen-uh-, sin-]

noun Southwestern U.S.

a swamp or marsh, especially one formed and fed by springs.

Origin of ciénaga

1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish, derivative of cieno mud, slime < Latin caenum filth




a city in N Colombia, on the SE coast of the Caribbean Sea. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cienaga

Historical Examples of cienaga

  • 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