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Altiplano

[al-tuh-plah-noh; for 1 also Spanish ahl-tee-plah-naw]
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noun, plural al·ti·pla·nos for 2.
  1. a plateau region in South America, situated in the Andes of Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.
  2. (lowercase) Geology. an elevated terrace or plateau sculptured by periglacial geomorphic processes.

Origin of Altiplano

< American Spanish, equivalent to alti- alti- + Spanish plano plain1
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  • For some hours, the association's Altiplano station had been dark and almost deserted.

    Gone Fishing

    James H. Schmitz

  • The people did not want these dangerous, expensive devices, even though the Altiplano region has been stripped of fuel wood.

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


British Dictionary definitions for altiplano

Altiplano

noun
  1. 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 in Science

altiplano

[äl′tĭ-plänō]
  1. 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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