sierras

sierra

[see-er-uh]
noun
1.
a chain of hills or mountains, the peaks of which suggest the teeth of a saw.
2.
any of several Spanish mackerels of the genus Scomberomorus, especially S. sierra, found in western North America.
3.
a word used in communications to represent the letter S.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Spanish: literally, saw < Latin serra

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sierra (sɪˈɛərə)
 
n
a range of mountains with jagged peaks, esp in Spain or America
 
[C17: from Spanish, literally: saw, from Latin serra; see serrate]
 
si'erran
 
adj

Sierra (sɪˈɛərə)
 
n
communications a code word for the letter s

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sierra
"a range of hills," 1613, from Sp. sierra "jagged mountain range," lit. "saw," from L. serra "a saw."
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sierra   (sē-ěr'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
A high, rugged range of mountains having an irregular outline somewhat like the teeth of a saw.
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