American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A water-filled limestone sinkhole of the Yucatán.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A natural underground reservoir of water, such as is found in the limestone of Yucatan, used by the natives for drawing water: the presence of such reservoirs determines the location of the larger villages.
- From Spanish cenote, from Yucatec Maya ts'onot. (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish, from Yucatec ts'onot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term cenote is a Spanish rendering of the Mayan word d'zonot, "a hole in the ground".”
“The sinkhole or cenote is one of several located in the same area, though recent studies have failed to demonstrate any obvious underground connections between them.”
“The entrance fee into the cenote was about a dollar.”
“Calderon also straps on scuba tanks to lead Greenberg into a sinkhole lake known as a cenote in Yucatan.”
“For the next two weeks, the fully autonomous robot, which bears an uncanny resemblance to a Volkswagen Beetle, will plumb the previously inaccessible microbial mysteries of the sinkhole -- or "cenote" -- El Zacat√≥n.”
“cenote" or fresh-water well on Quintana Roo's tourist-saturated Tulum corridor, features a hot-ticket sound and light show that has reportedly deeply degraded the site.”
“On the way out of the lakes you have a nice small ruins called Chincultic that comes along with its cenote and a view of the lakes.”
“Later, after our meal, we can choose to canoe on the kayak, take a walk through the jungle to Balam Kim, a cenote or water-filled sink hole where we can swim in its deep underground recesses, take a zip line ride or just lie in one of the hammocks with the sweet scent of jungle flowers filling the hot and humid afternoon air.”
“A beautiful crystal clear lake and cenote surrounded by an oddly middle class residential area and an adjacent nondescript town of no note.”
“And just three kilometers, the Ik il restaurant along the spectacular cenote of the same name, whose sacred waters can remove heat from visits as you approach the table a roasted suckling pig in tacos or panuchos lime soup papadzules typical.”
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