Definition of cenote in English:


Line breaks: ce¦note
Pronunciation: /sɪˈnəʊteɪ


A natural underground reservoir of water such as occurs in the limestone of Yucatán, Mexico.
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  • For example, cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico are collapsed depressions, in the base of which groundwater flow is exposed.
  • The aptly named Gran Cenote is really several cenotes meandering along the verdant jungle floor and connected by wooden walkways.
  • But perhaps the best day out was hiring a ‘Herbie’ (VW beetles are still made in their original form in Mexico) to seek out the cenotes, pools formed by underwater rivers.


mid 19th century: from Yucatán Spanish, from Maya tzonot.

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