A cordillera is an extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges. The term derives from the Spanish cordilla, a diminutive of cuerda, or "cord". It is most commonly used in the field of physical geography. ==Notable cordilleras== ==Other uses== ==Footnotes== ...
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The mountain ridge that spans North America, from Mexico through the Rocky Mountains into Alaska.
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Cor·dil'ler·a (kôr*dĭl'lẽr*ȧ; Spanish kôr`de*lya'rȧ) noun [ Spanish , from OSp. cordilla , cordiella , dim. of cuerda a rope, string. See Cord .] (Geol.) A mountain ridge or chain. ...
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• (n.) A mountain ridge or chain.
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(from old Spanish cordilla, `cord,` or `little rope`), a system of mountain ranges that often consist of a number of more or less parallel chains. ...
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An extended mountain system, often composed of a number of parallel ranges, associated with a geosyncline. In some parts of the world cordilleras appear only as chains of islands.
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Group of mountain ranges and their valleys, all running in a specific direction, formed by the continued convergence of two tectonic plates (see plate tectonics) along a line. The term is applied especially to the principal mountain belt of a continent. The Andes of South America are an example
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1) Chain of mountains 2) Mountain chain
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