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[al-tuh-plah-noh; for 1 also Spanish ahl-tee-plah-naw] /ˌæl təˈplɑ noʊ; for 1 also Spanish ˌɑl tiˈplɑ nɔ/
noun, plural altiplanos for 2.
a plateau region in South America, situated in the Andes of Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
(lowercase) Geology. an elevated terrace or plateau sculptured by periglacial geomorphic processes.
Origin of Altiplano
< American Spanish, equivalent to alti- alti- + Spanish plano plain1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • For some hours, the association's Altiplano station had been dark and almost deserted.

    Gone Fishing James H. Schmitz
  • I learned that an altruistic group had offered reflecting parabolas to the people living at the Altiplano in Bolivia.

    The BYU Solar Cooker/Cooler Steven E. Jones
  • The people did not want these dangerous, expensive devices, even though the Altiplano region has been stripped of fuel wood.

    The BYU Solar Cooker/Cooler Steven E. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for Altiplano


/Spanish altiˈplano/
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Altiplano in Science
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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