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[an-deez] /ˈæn diz/
plural noun
a mountain range in W South America, extending about 4500 miles (7250 km) from N Colombia and Venezuela S to Cape Horn. Highest peak, Aconcagua, 22,834 feet (6960 meters). Unabridged
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  • And the priest of whom Sorez spoke––could it be he who ruled these tribes in the Andes?

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • They seemed to meet together and cross the chain of the Andes.

  • They form pinnacles of the great range of the Andes and the Rocky Mountains.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Their proper and native place is on the higher plains of the Andes.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Ponchos are woven out of alpaco-wool by the Indians of the Andes.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Andes


plural noun
a major mountain system of South America, extending for about 7250 km (4500 miles) along the entire W coast, with several parallel ranges or cordilleras and many volcanic peaks: rich in minerals, including gold, silver, copper, iron ore, and nitrates. Average height: 3900 m (13 000 ft). Highest peak: Aconcagua, 6960 m (22 835 ft)
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Word Origin and History for Andes

from Quechua andi "high crest."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Andes in Culture
Andes [(an-deez)]

Mountain system in South America running over 4,500 miles along the entire length of South America's Pacific Ocean coast.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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