ciénaga

or cie·ne·ga

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

Origin of ciénaga

1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish, derivative of cieno mud, slime < Latin caenum filth
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Examples from the Web for cienega

Historical Examples of cienega

  • In the morning, with two herders and their collies, he went back to the cienega.

  • The grass in the cienega was thick and green, and there was enough seepage of water to furnish drink for the flock.

  • While breakfast was being prepared, I walked out on to the cienega to look for ducks.

    Saddle and Mocassin

    Francis Francis Jr.

  • You want the water well distributed—a spring here, and a spring there, and a creek or a cienega somewheres else.

    Saddle and Mocassin

    Francis Francis Jr.

  • On the south coast, directly opposite Matanzas, lies a vast swamp known as the Cienega de Zapata.

    Cuba, Old and New

    Albert Gardner Robinson