cordillera

[kawr-dl-yair-uh, -air-uh, kawr-dil-er-uh]
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Origin of cordillera

1695–1705; < Spanish, derivative of cordilla, diminutive of cuerda string, mountain range (< Latin chorda); see cord
Related formscor·dil·le·ran, adjective
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Related Words for cordillera

sierra, chain, range, Alps, Andes, Himalayas, Rockies, cordillera, massif

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British Dictionary definitions for cordillera

cordillera

noun
  1. a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
Derived Formscordilleran, adjective

Word Origin for cordillera

C18: from Spanish, from cordilla, literally: a little cord, from cuerda mountain range, cord
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Word Origin and History for cordillera
n.

1704, from Spanish, "mountain chain," from cordilla, in Old Spanish "string, rope," diminutive of cuerda, from Latin chorda "cord, rope" (see cord).

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cordillera in Science

cordillera

[kôr′dl-yârə]
  1. 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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