ce·​no·​te | \ si-ˈnō-tē How to pronounce cenote (audio) \

Definition of cenote

: a deep sinkhole in limestone with a pool at the bottom that is found especially in Yucatán

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Recent Examples on the Web High points included driving through the jungle in Tulum and going in a cart pulled by a donkey to a cenote, or sinkhole. Erin Delmore, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Each cenote is different, and the scenery can be otherworldly. Sara Clemence, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 The bathhouse—a cool cavern with a simple skylight—was designed to feel like a cenote, another nod to the landscape of the Yucatán Peninsula. Jessie Heyman, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2022 From ground-level pools that reach down 100 feet to caverns created by sinkholes, these crystalline lagoons look like a cross between a Yucatán cenote and a Caribbean reef. The Editors, Outside Online, 5 Feb. 2020 But Mexico as a country didn’t exist when the Mayans launched these artifacts into the Chichén Itzá cenote. Max Pearl, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Everyone except for Laterrian and Jasmine gets out of the cenote to run back to attempt to solve their puzzles. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 30 Dec. 2021 Immerse yourself in this homage to the Mayan cenote-riddled landscape. Leave it to Francis Ford Coppola to orchestrate a dramatic entrance. Becca Hensley, Travel + Leisure, 26 Dec. 2021 In 2016, Porras-Kim saw a Mexican TV documentary from the ’60s about the excavation of a cenote at the Mayan temple Chichén Itzá, now one of Mexico’s busiest tourist destinations. Max Pearl, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cenote

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cenote

Mexican Spanish, from Yucatec ts'onot

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21 May 2022

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“Cenote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cenote. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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