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

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

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

    Cuba, Old and New Albert Gardner Robinson
  • 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.
  • In the swamp known as the cienega de Zapata are both alligators and crocodiles, some of them of quite imposing dimensions.

    Cuba, Old and New Albert Gardner Robinson

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