One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A system or group of parallel mountain ranges together with the intervening plateaus and other features, especially in the Andes or the Rockies.
mountain, hill, height, alp, aiguille, serac, puy, crag, tor, inselbergView synonyms
- ‘I still wanted to look at the Cordillera Occidental, the western cordillera, the other main chain of the Andes.’
- ‘The mighty Andes Mountains divide into three long ranges - called cordilleras - that run the length of the country.’
- ‘Orogenic activity in the Himalayan ranges reached its climax and the Andean cordilleras were given a major uplift, raising the land to about 4000m.’
- ‘‘Chacaltaya has split in two,’ scientist Edson Ramirez said as he led a visitor up toward a once-grand ice flow high in the thin air of the Bolivian cordillera.’
- ‘At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Andean condor's silhouette was a common sight along the entire Andes cordillera.’
- ‘Numbers of natives, especially Tarahumara, moved into the deep recesses of the western cordillera of the Sierra Madre to escape the Spanish demands for labor.’
- ‘Two of them, the Rocky Mountains and Coastal Mountains, are both found in the west, while the arctic cordillera runs along the northeastern edge of the country.’
- ‘Great mountain ranges known as cordilleras divide Spain into distinct natural regions.’
- ‘To the east the cordillera was scorched and spent, rubbled by decades of desperate agriculture.’
- ‘It ranged along the cordillera from northern New Mexico to the Canadian border.’
- ‘In the western part, the Andean cordillera (system of mountain ranges) extends from north to south.’
- ‘To our left, Cuchillo displayed her perfectly formed profile while the rest of the cordillera's snow-covered peaks stretched into the distance.’
- ‘On various trips to the Blacks, Mitchell calculated several elevations that exceeded the height of New Hampshire's Mount Washington, then regarded as the highest of the Appalachian cordillera.’
Early 18th century: from Spanish, from cordilla, diminutive of cuerda ‘cord’, from Latin chorda (see cord).
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