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n. a small pool in a rocky hollow


Tinaja is a term originating in the American Southwest for surface pockets (depressions) formed in bedrock that occur below waterfalls, are carved out by spring flow or seepage, or are caused by sand and gravel scouring in intermittent streams (arroyos). Tinajas are an important source of surface water storage in arid environments.

These relatively rare landforms are important ecologically, because they support unique plant communities and provide important services to terrestrial wildlife.

Usage examples of "tinaja".

Rinaldo Juan Pablo Simon Bolivar Tinaja said, lifting the glass again.

Small toy tinaja, a narrow scalloped band at the margin and near the bottom, crescents between.

Small tinaja with cross on the neck and a double scalloped middle band.

Water vessels, the body shaped as the ordinary tinaja, surmounted with outstretched arms and human head, the orifice through the mouth.

Medium-sized tinaja, bead figures or necklace around the neck, zigzag band on the shoulders, sprig, double looped and serrate triangular figures on the body.

Small tinaja, with alternating triangles base to base on both neck and body, those on the body with circular spaces.

Large tinaja, white ware with black ornamentation, sprigs and triangles.

He took off his shirt and soaked it in the tinaja and came back to the fire and he fanned the fire again with his hat and then he pulled off his boots and unbuckled his belt and let down his trousers.

The horse limped down to the edge of the water and stood and he stood in the dark tinaja with the rifle over his shoulder holding the brand above him until it burned out and then he stood holding the crooked orange ember of it, still talking to the horse.

As soon as she left the room, I pushed open the small side window and watched as the two men neared the end of the street, pausing to let the water donkey go by with its sweating tinaja of drinking water.

This late, they would have to leave the road at least four times to reach the few tinaja and tenor trees that would help to keep them alive, and that would add days to the route.

He returned to the tinaja and found perhaps a cup of water in the bottom.

This led straight away south now for the Tinajas Altas, which were on a ridge that trailed off the end of the Gilas.

These natural tanks were the only water he knew of south of Tinajas Altas on which a man could rely, and even they might on occasion be empty or down to mere dregs.

Long ago he had scouted that country in company with a Papago who knew the desert wells and the tinajas, and Considine had mapped those places in his mind.