Definition of cordillera in English:

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cordillera

Pronunciation: /ˌkɔːdɪˈljɛːrə/

noun

A system or group of parallel mountain ranges together with the intervening plateaux and other features, especially in the Andes or the Rockies.
Example sentences
  • In the western part, the Andean cordillera (system of mountain ranges) extends from north to south.
  • Great mountain ranges known as cordilleras divide Spain into distinct natural regions.
  • The mighty Andes Mountains divide into three long ranges - called cordilleras - that run the length of the country.

Origin

Early 18th century: from Spanish, from cordilla, diminutive of cuerda 'cord', from Latin chorda (see cord).

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