American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, especially the principal mountain system of a continent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A continuous ridge or range of mountains. As a name, it was first applied to the ranges of the Andes (“las Cordilleras de los Andes,” the chains of the Andes), then to the continuation of these ranges into Mexico and further north. For convenience, it is now agreed among physical geographers to call the complex of ranges embraced between and including the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, and their extension north into British Columbia, the Cordilleras; those ranges occupying a similar continental position in South America are called simply the Andes. The entire western mountain side of the continent of North America is called the Cordilleran region. In its broadest part it has a development of a thousand miles, east and west, and embraces, besides the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra, a large number of subordinate mountain-chains, some of which are little, if at all, inferior to such chains as the Pyrenees in length and elevation.
- n. An extensive, continent-wide chain of mountains, especially one in the Americas.
- n. A region of Canada, similar to the Appalachian, but with mostly new mountain ranges.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geol.) A mountain ridge or chain.
- Spanish, from Old Spanish cordilla, cordiella, diminutive of cuerda ("a rope, string"). See cord. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, from cordilla, diminutive of cuerda, cord, from Latin chorda; see cord. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The road, challenged enough in the desolation of the desert tries to stick to the longitudinal valleys that run beneath the cordillera.”
“The Patía Valley is a dry pocket surrounded by the cloud forests of the Central and Western cordilleras, and it is dissected by the Patía river, which flows from the Central massif westwards and breaks the Western cordillera to drain into the Pacific ocean.”
“A branch of the hotspot spreads east around the northern extent of the Colombian western and central cordillera, through the dry forests along the Caribbean coast as far as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and south into the Cauca and Magdalena valleys.”
“The upper course of the Patía crosses mountain and cloud forests; then, in its middle course, forms the Patía dry valley, and after crossing the Western cordillera, drains into the Pacific after receiving much water from the Chocó jungles of the Pacific region of Colombia.”
“Refugees from totalitarianism and religious intolerance in Spain, Italy, Germany, and Eastern Europe flocked to this country nestled between the Caribbean and the Andean cordillera and helped forge one of the most vibrant societies in the New World.”
“The Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena biodiversity hotspot extends through the Chocó region of western Colombia and spreads east around the northern extent of the Colombian western and central cordillera, through the dry forests along the Caribbean coast as far as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and south into the Cauca and Magdalena valleys.”
“However, it does show, in a general way, the thick alluvial deposits along the lower Mississippi River and on the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains, and in the deep basins of the western cordillera.”
“Within Colombia, linework was derived by combining all Pacific "heterogeneous dense forests", "piedmont cordillera forests", "hydrophilic (riparian) forest", and "escarpment cordillera forests" of the Chocó region.”
“The southern boundary edges the boreal cordillera and the eastern end reaches the taiga plains.”
“THE SNOWCAPPED VOLCANIC PEAK the Andean cordillera looms majestic and forbidding above the Peruvian town of Cabanaconde, and for 500 years its summit has been wreathed in pellucid ice as high as a man's thigh.”
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