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A water-filled limestone sinkhole of the Yucatán.
[American Spanish, from Yucatec ts'onot.]
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1. (Geological Science) (esp in the Yucatán peninsula) a natural well formed by the collapse of an overlying limestone crust: often used as a sacrificial site by the Mayas
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (esp in the Yucatán peninsula) a natural well formed by the collapse of an overlying limestone crust: often used as a sacrificial site by the Mayas
[C19: via Mexican Spanish from Mayan conot]
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a deep natural well or sinkhole of the Yucatán Peninsula, formed by the collapse of surface limestone.
[1835–45; < Mexican Spanish < Yucatec Mayan]
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