ciénaga

noun
cié·​na·​ga
variants: or cienega \ ˈsyānəgə , ˈsyen-​ ˈsin-​ , -​ˌgä \
plural -s

Definition of ciénaga

Southwest
: swamp, marsh especially : one formed by hillside springs

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History and Etymology for ciénaga

Spanish ciénaga, from cieno mud, slime, from Latin caenum dirt, filth

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“Ciénaga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ci%C3%A9naga. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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