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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A mountain range of southern Spain along the Mediterranean coast east of Granada. It rises to 3,480.4 m (11,411 ft) at Mulhacén.
  • A mountain range of eastern California extending about 644 km (400 mi) between the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys and the Nevada border. Mount Whitney, 4,420.7 m (14,494 ft), is the highest elevation.

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  • proper n. A mountain range in Andalusia, Spain
  • proper n. A mountain range in California and Nevada, USA

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mountain range in southern Spain along the Mediterranean coast to the east of Granada
  • n. a mountain range in eastern California; contains Mount Whitney


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