cordillera[kôr′dil yer′ə, -də ler′ə]
a mountain range or a series of parallel mountain ranges that are usually the principal mountain system of a continent
Origin: Sp < cordilla, dim. of cuerda, rope, cord < L chorda: see cord
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- cordilleran adjective
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An extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, especially the principal mountain system of a continent.
Origin: Spanish, from cordilla, diminutive of cuerda, cord, from Latin chorda; see cord.
- corˌdil·leˈran adjective
cordillera - Science Definition
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A long and wide chain of mountains, especially the main mountain range of a large landmass. Cordilleras can include the valleys, basins, rivers, lakes, plains, and plateaus between parallel chains of a single mountain system, or they can consist solely of a string of connected mountain peaks.
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