[ kwes-tuh ]
/ ˈkwɛs tə /


a long, low ridge with a relatively steep face or escarpment on one side and a long, gentle slope on the other.

Origin of cuesta

1810–20, Americanism; < Spanish: shoulder, sloping land < Latin costa side (of a hill), rib; see coast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cuesta

/ (ˈkwɛstə) /


a long low ridge with a steep scarp slope and a gentle back slope, formed by the differential erosion of strata of differing hardness

Word Origin for cuesta

Spanish: shoulder, from Latin costa side, rib
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Scientific definitions for cuesta

[ kwĕstə ]

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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