[ al-tuh-plah-noh; for 1 also Spanish ahl-tee-plah-naw ]

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. altiplano, Geology. an elevated terrace or plateau sculptured by periglacial geomorphic processes.

Origin of Altiplano

First recorded in 1910–15; from Spanish: literally, “high plateau,” equivalent to alti- alti- + plano plain1

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How to use Altiplano in a sentence

  • So, from his cell at Altiplano prison, El Chapo is trying a new approach.

    Could El Chapo Go Free? | Michael Daly | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • 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
  • For some hours, the association's Altiplano station had been dark and almost deserted.

    Gone Fishing | James H. Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for Altiplano


/ (Spanish altiˈplano) /

  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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Scientific definitions for altiplano


[ äl′tĭ-plä ]

  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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