Andes

[an-deez]
noun (used with a plural verb)
a mountain range in W South America, extending about 4500 miles (7250 km) from N Colombia and Venezuela S to Cape Horn. Highest peak, Aconcagua, 22,834 feet (6960 meters).
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Andes (ˈændiːz)
 
pl n
a major mountain system of South America, extending for about 7250 km (4500 miles) along the entire W coast, with several parallel ranges or cordilleras and many volcanic peaks: rich in minerals, including gold, silver, copper, iron ore, and nitrates. Average height: 3900 m (13 000 ft). Highest peak: Aconcagua, 6960 m (22 835 ft)

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Andes
from Quechua andi "high crest."
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Andes [(an-deez)]

Mountain system in South America running over 4,500 miles along the entire length of South America's Pacific Ocean coast.

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