Definition of altiplano in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌaltɪˈplɑːnəʊ

noun (plural altiplanos)

  • The high tableland of central South America.
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    • 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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