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sierra

[see-er-uh] /siˈɛr ə/
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
1590-1600; < Spanish: literally, saw < Latin serra
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British Dictionary definitions for sierras

sierra

/sɪˈɛərə/
noun
1.
a range of mountains with jagged peaks, esp in Spain or America
Derived Forms
sierran, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, literally: saw, from Latin serra; see serrate

Sierra

/sɪˈɛərə/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter s
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Word Origin and History for sierras
sierra
"a range of hills," 1613, from Sp. sierra "jagged mountain range," lit. "saw," from L. serra "a saw."
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sierras in Science
sierra
  (sē-ěr'ə)   
A high, rugged range of mountains having an irregular outline somewhat like the teeth of a saw.
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