[kawr-dl-yair-uh, -air-uh, kawr-dil-er-uh]
- a chain of mountains, usually the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.
Origin of cordillera
1695–1705; < Spanish, derivative of cordilla, diminutive of cuerda string, mountain range (< Latin chorda); see cord
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Examples from the Web for cordillera
Cordillera genera of plants have also, somehow, reached the Silla of Caracas.More Letters of Charles Darwin
We were not yet certain by which pass the caravan might cross the great Cordillera.The Wild Huntress
The western one nearer the coast is called the Cordillera, or the Coast Range.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
He also proposed a trip into the Cordillera in search of wild cattle.
They exist also in Chili, on the plains at the foot of the Cordillera of the Andes.
- a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
C18: from Spanish, from cordilla, literally: a little cord, from cuerda mountain range, cord
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Word Origin and History for cordillera
1704, from Spanish, "mountain chain," from cordilla, in Old Spanish "string, rope," diminutive of cuerda, from Latin chorda "cord, rope" (see cord).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A long and wide chain of mountains, especially the main mountain range of a large landmass. Cordilleras can include the valleys, basins, rivers, lakes, plains, and plateaus between parallel chains of a single mountain system, or they can consist solely of a string of connected mountain peaks.
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