The mountain ridge that spans North America, from Mexico through the Rocky Mountains into Alaska.
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(kôr*dĭl'lẽr*ȧ; Spanish kôr`de*lya'rȧ) noun
[ Spanish , from OSp. cordilla
, dim. of cuerda
a rope, string. See Cord
A mountain ridge or chain. » Cordillera
is sometimes applied, in ge
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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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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. The term is particularly applied to the various ranges of the Andes of South America, and less frequently to other mountain ranges in the ...
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