cañada


cañada
(Sp. model spelled same [kaɲáða] < Latin cannam 'cane' and the Spanish derivational suffix -ada 'abundance or content.' Corominas indicates that cañada, meaning receptacle or measurement for water, comes from canna, in the sense of 'a tube through which liquid flows out of the receptacle or instrument for measurement')
   Bentley: 1836. A valley or dale between mountains. Bentley says that this term is synonymous with arroyo and canyon in the Southwest. Hoy notes that it may also refer to a drainage or tributary forged by a spring; alternately, it may have as its referent a water- and soil-filled basin of arable land. This term is not common in English, where, according to Bentley, it is used more in writing than in speaking. The definitions found in English sources correspond to those found in Spanish sources. The DRAE defines cañada as a narrow piece of land between two higher points. Islas adds that the higher points are generally hills or hillocks. Santamaría indicates that in Mexico it refers to a cornfield just after a harvest, and in Cuba it is a small arroyo or waterway that is dry during part of the year. According to Cobos, in New Mexico and southern Colorado, a cañada may be "a dry riverbed or a small canyon in the sierra."

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