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1. A small, usually water-filled depression in rock in a desert or dry area.
2. A usually large earthenware jar or pot mainly used for storing water and other liquids.

[American Spanish, from Spanish large earthenware jar, from Old Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *tīnacula, diminutive of Latin tīna, wine jar, of unknown origin.]
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(tɪˈnɑːhə; tɪˈnæxæ)
1. a large jar for cooling water
2. (Physical Geography) a small pool surrounded by rocks
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(2) Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas del Noroeste, Unidad Sonora, Campus Guaymas Carretera a las Tinajas, Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
4, a new name emerged during the trial, after Domingo Chuc, the 14th witness called by the prosecution, mentioned an individual known as "Lieutenant Ovalle" as "the one giving orders." Chuc said that Valdez Asij rounded up civilians and sent them from Sepur Zarco to the Tinajas military outpost and that he repeatedly heard people mention "Lieutenant Ovalle," whom he saw only once.
El proyecto de Las Tinajas, cuyo terreno fue comprado por el Servicio de Vivienda y Urbanizacion (serviu) en 2009, esta destinado a familias de La Florida y buena parte de los beneficiarios son familias jovenes de La Loma.