The word aguaje, as well as aguada, comes from the Spanish word agua, meaning “water.” In the American Southwest and northern Mexico a water hole or water lot—a pond or trough for cattle—is called an aguaje. The word aguada is more commonly used in Honduras and other Central American countries, where it denotes essentially the same thing: a place to give cattle water. In Venezuela a small stream is called an aguaje.

Arturo Longoria