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cordilleran. [Sp., fr. OSp. cordilla, cordiella, dim. of cuerda a rope, string. See Cord.].
     A mountain ridge or chain.  [1913 Webster]
    " Cordillera is sometimes applied, in geology, to the system of mountain chains near the border of a continent; thus, the western cordillera of North America in the United States includes the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Coast and Cascade ranges."  [1913 Webster]


cordillera, n. a system or group of usu. parallel mountain ranges together with intervening plateaux etc., esp. of the Andes and in Central America and Mexico.

Sp. f. cordilla dimin. of cuerda CORD

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