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cordillera

[kawr-dl-yair-uh, -air-uh, kawr-dil-er-uh] /ˌkɔr dlˈyɛər ə, -ˈɛər ə, kɔrˈdɪl ər ə/
noun
1.
a chain of mountains, usually the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.
Origin of cordillera
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Spanish, derivative of cordilla, diminutive of cuerda string, mountain range (< Latin chorda); see cord
Related forms
cordilleran, adjective
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  • The cordillera is characterized by rainy and dry seasons that are accentuated toward the south.
British Dictionary definitions for cordillera

cordillera

/ˌkɔːdɪlˈjɛərə/
noun
1.
a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
Derived Forms
cordilleran, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, from cordilla, literally: a little cord, from cuerda mountain range, cord
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Word Origin and History for cordillera
n.

1704, from Spanish, "mountain chain," from cordilla, in Old Spanish "string, rope," diminutive of cuerda, from Latin chorda "cord, rope" (see cord).

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cordillera
  (kôr'dl-yâr'ə)   
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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