ce·​no·​te si-ˈnō-tē How to pronounce cenote (audio)
: a deep sinkhole in limestone with a pool at the bottom that is found especially in Yucatán

Examples of cenote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The four- to six-night program takes travelers on a self-reflective journey with experiences like sound healing at a limestone cenote, a private Temazcal ceremony with a spiritual leader, and excursions to archeological ruins. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 The objects were excavated by archaeologist Edward H. Thompson, who owned the cenote in the early 20th century. Rob Goyanes, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Section five of the route, which covers the 75 miles (120 km) between Cancún and Tulum, has struggled with construction delays due to environmental hazards, given the landscape includes a number of fragile ecosystems like cenotes and underground rivers. Laura Sanders, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Dec. 2023 The Maya Train also endangers hundreds of freshwater caves called cenotes. Margherita Bassi, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 As the only sources of freshwater in Mexico’s Yucatán state, cenotes were both life-sustaining and spiritually significant for the Maya. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2023 This clearwater pool is the northernmost of many cenotes along the Pecos River, which formed from dissolution of the gypsum bedrock. Mike Bezemek, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2023 Maya archaeological sites are fascinating to explore, and cenotes — caves or underground holes filled with cool water — are another intriguing feature of the Yucatan. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 In each of these cultures, people made offerings to deities in glaciers, maraes and cenotes. Renée Reizman, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Yucatec ts'onot

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cenote was in 1841

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“Cenote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cenote. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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