Cordilleras

Cordilleras

[kawr-dl-yair-uhz, -air-, kawr-dil-er-uhz; Spanish kawr-thee-ye-rahs for 1]
noun
1.
a mountain system in W South America: the Andes and its component ranges.
2.
a mountain system in W North America, including the Sierra Nevada, Coast Range, Cascade Range, and Rocky Mountains.
3.
the entire chain of mountain ranges parallel to the Pacific coast, extending from Cape Horn to Alaska.

Cordilleran, adjective
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cordillera

[kawr-dl-yair-uh, -air-uh, kawr-dil-er-uh]
noun
a chain of mountains, usually the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Spanish, derivative of cordilla, diminutive of cuerda string, mountain range (< Latin chorda); see cord

cordilleran, adjective
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cordillera (ˌkɔːdɪlˈjɛərə)
 
n
a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
 
[C18: from Spanish, from cordilla, literally: a little cord, from cuerda mountain range, cord]
 
cordil'leran
 
adj

Cordilleras (ˌkɔːdɪlˈjɛərəz, Spanish korðiˈʎeras)
 
pl n
the Cordilleras the complex of mountain ranges on the W side of the Americas, extending from Alaska to Cape Horn and including the Andes and the Rocky Mountains

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cordillera
1704, from Sp., "mountain chain," from cordilla, in O.Sp. "string, rope," dim. of cuerda, from L. chorda "cord, rope" (see cord).
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cordillera   (kôr'dl-yâr'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
A long and wide chain of mountains, especially the main mountain range of a large landmass. Cordilleras can include the valleys, basins, rivers, lakes, plains, and plateaus between parallel chains of a single mountain system, or they can consist solely of a string of connected mountain peaks.
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