noun (plural altiplanos)
The high tableland of central South America.
- Alpacas originate from the high altiplano of South America, and must withstand vast climate changes.
- I have traveled to Ecuador, looking at housing high in the rocky altiplano where nearby volcanoes have snow-covered peaks and along the coast where palm trees barely stir in the noon-day heat.
- Moreover, the traffic into Potosi necessarily included huge quantities of food and drink produced all over the altiplano and in the lowlands on either side.
Early 20th century: from Spanish.
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