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cuesta

[kwes-tuh]
noun
  1. a long, low ridge with a relatively steep face or escarpment on one side and a long, gentle slope on the other.
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Origin of cuesta

1810–20, Americanism; < Spanish: shoulder, sloping land < Latin costa side (of a hill), rib; see coast
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cuesta

noun
  1. a long low ridge with a steep scarp slope and a gentle back slope, formed by the differential erosion of strata of differing hardness
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Word Origin for cuesta

Spanish: shoulder, from Latin costa side, rib
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cuesta

[kwĕstə]
  1. A ridge with a gentle slope on one side and a cliff or escarpment on the other. The gentler slope is formed by the differential erosion of underlying rock, and the cliff consists of an outcrop of harder, more resistant rock.
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