cordillera

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌkɔːdɪlˈjɛərə/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(kôr′dl yârə, -ârə, kôr dilər ə)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cor•dil•le•ra  (kôr′dl yârə, -ârə, kôr dilər ə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Geographya chain of mountains, usually the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.
cor′dil•leran, adj. 
  • Latin chorda); see cord
  • Spanish, derivative of cordilla, diminutive of cuerda string, mountain range (
  • 1695–1705

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cordillera /ˌkɔːdɪlˈjɛərə/ n
  1. a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
Etymology: 18th Century: from Spanish, from cordilla, literally: a little cord, from cuerda mountain range, cord
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