Altiplano

Altiplano

[al-tuh-plah-noh; for 1 also Spanish ahl-tee-plah-naw]
noun, plural Altiplanos for 2.
1.
a plateau region in South America, situated in the Andes of Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
2.
(lowercase) Geology, altiplane.

Origin:
< American Spanish, equivalent to alti- alti- + Spanish plano plain1

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Altiplano (Spanish altiˈplano)
 
n
a plateau of the Andes, covering two thirds of Bolivia and extending into S Peru: contains Lake Titicaca. Height: 3000 m (10 000 ft) to 3900 m (13 000 ft)

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altiplano   (äl'tĭ-plä'nō)  Pronunciation Key 
A high mountain plateau. The most well-known altiplano extends from Lake Titicaca, in southern Peru, to Lake Poopo in Bolivia, covering a distance of 966 km (600 mi). Its average altitude is 3,658 m (12,000 ft).
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