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Caves, ditches and cracks

cenote

noun

a deep hole under the ground that contains water, especially in southern Mexico and Central America

sinkhole

noun

a circular hole in the ground, formed when a rock such as limestone is gradually damaged by water and begins to disappear

cave

noun

a large hole in the side of a hill or under the ground

ditch

noun

a long narrow hole dug along the side of a road or field, usually so that water can run into it

gully

noun

a long narrow hole in rock or earth, usually made by water flowing along it

rift

noun

a crack or long narrow space that forms in a large mass of something such as rock or clouds

cavern

noun

a large cave

pothole

noun

a large natural hole in a mountain or under the ground

dyke

noun

a narrow passage in flat land that water can pass through to prevent the land from flooding

fissure

noun

a long deep crack in something, especially the ground

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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