from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A swamp or swale: a Spanish word used in Arizona and New Mexico, and to some extent in California and Texas. Sometimes written cienega.


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  • Off the highway toward some bone-dry cienaga, a nameless desert road.

    Spin 2005

  • Or, again, they halted in some forest and hill encircled glen; where the lush grass in the cienaga grew almost as high as Croesus 'back, and the lilies even higher; and where, through the dark green brakes, the timid deer come down to drink at the beginning of some mountain stream.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright 1908

  • Instead, he roamed aimlessly about the vicinity of the camp -- explored the sycamore grove; climbed a little way up the mountain spur, and down again; circled the cienaga; and so came, finally, to the ruins of the house and barn on the creek side of the orchard.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright 1908

  • Following the ancient weed-grown tracks, he led them around the lower end of the orchard; crossed a little stream; and, turning again, climbed a gentle rise of open, grassy land behind the orchard; stopping at last, with an air of having accomplished his purpose, in a beautiful little grove of sycamore trees that bordered a small cienaga.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright 1908

  • The foreground was filled in by the gentle slope leading down to the tiny stream at the edge of the old orchard and, a little to the left, by the cienaga -- rich in the color of its tall marsh grass and reeds, gemmed with brilliant flowers of gold and scarlet, bordered by graceful willows, and screened from the eye of the chance traveler by the lattice of tangled orchard boughs.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright 1908

  • A moment, and a clear, girlish voice called from among the trees that bordered the cienaga, "Whoo-ee."

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright 1908

  • Sharon, misses the town, and emerges thirty miles south across the sunlight in a shallow, futile lake, a cienaga, called Las Palomas.

    The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories Owen Wister 1899

  • Reluctantly abandoning our search, we were preparing to return to the train and escort when we descried a large war-party of Indians riding towards us from the direction of the _cienaga_.

    Captured by the Navajos 1871

  • That the brook flowed from the _cienaga_, or marsh, where the Navajos were rendezvoused, was an easy inference.

    Captured by the Navajos 1871

  • When all was ready, and they could neither of them invent any more excuses for lingering, Conrad Lagrange gave the word to the burro and they set out -- down the little slope of grassy land; across the tiny stream from the cienaga; around the lower end of the old orchard, by the ancient weed-grown road -- even Czar went slowly, with low-hung head, as if regretful at leaving the mountains that he, too, in his dog way, loved.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright 1908


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