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An extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, especially the principal mountain system of a continent.
[Spanish, from cordilla, diminutive of cuerda, cord, from Latin chorda; see cord.]
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(Physical Geography) a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
[C18: from Spanish, from cordilla, literally: a little cord, from cuerda mountain range, cord]
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cor•dil•le•ra(ˌkɔr dlˈyɛər ə, -ˈɛər ə, kɔrˈdɪl ər ə)
a chain of mountains, usu. the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.
[1695–1705; < Sp, derivative of cordilla, diminutive of cuerda string, mountain range (< Latin chorda); see cord]
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A long and wide chain of mountains, especially the main mountain range of a large landmass.
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