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 (kôr′dĭl-yĕr′əz, -dē-yĕ′räs)
The entire complex of mountain ranges in western North America, Mexico, Central America, and South America, extending from Alaska to Cape Horn.


(ˌkɔːdɪlˈjɛərəz; Spanish korðiˈʎeras)
pl n
(Placename) the Cordilleras the complex of mountain ranges on the W side of the Americas, extending from Alaska to Cape Horn and including the Andes and the Rocky Mountains


(ˌkɔr dlˈyɛər əz, -ˈɛər-, kɔrˈdɪl ər əz)
the entire chain of mountain ranges parallel to the Pacific coast, extending from Cape Horn to Alaska.
Cor`dil•le′ran, adj.
References in classic literature ?
On the west, however, rise the Rocky Mountains, that immense range which, commencing at the Straights of Magellan, follows the western coast of Southern America under the name of the Andes or the Cordilleras, until it crosses the Isthmus of Panama, and runs up the whole of North America to the very borders of the Polar Sea.
Some occur among the Cordilleras of the Andes, where cities, and towns, and cultivated farms are to be seen eight thousand feet above the level of the sea.
gay king as he was, this position was a grand as the height of one of the loftiest peaks of the Cordilleras.
On the eastern side of the Cordillera, over the same extent of latitude, where a blue sky and a fine climate prove that the atmosphere has been deprived of its moisture by passing over the mountains, the arid plains of Patagonia support a most scanty vegetation.
Hence in the southern and northern parts of the continent, the forest and desert lands occupy reversed positions with respect to the Cordillera, and these positions are apparently determined by the direction of the prevalent winds.
We ascend the lofty peaks of the Cordillera and we find an alpine species of bizcacha; we look to the waters, and we do not find the beaver or musk-rat, but the coypu and capybara, rodents of the American type.
We're looking to unlock the potential of the Cordilleras for infrastructure development.
MANILA, Philippines The flagship lending program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported a 100 percent repayment record in the Cordilleras as the government aims to improve the country's lending for the sector.
Robusta accounts for 87% of the total produce from four coffee varieties grown in the Cordilleras or 4,534MT harvested from 5,787 has.
El ecosistema donde fue colectado el especimen corresponde al Bosque siempreverde montano bajo de las cordilleras del Condor-Kutuku (Ministerio del Ambiente del Ecuador, 2013); desde el punto de vista zoogeografico, este ecosistema se encuentra en el piso zoogeografico Subtropical Oriental (Albuja et al.
ANA DE ZABALLA BEASCOECHEA e IANIRE LANCHAS SANCHEZ, Gobierno y reforma del obispado de Oaxaca: un libro de cordilleras del obispo Ortigosa.
cinerea esta representada en Colombia por dos subespecies; Catasticta cinerea suprema Fassl, 1915, que habita las cordilleras Central y Oriental de Colombia, en los departamentos de Antioquia, Caldas, Quindio, Tolima, Huila, Cundinamarca, Boyaca y Santander; se extiende al norte hasta Venezuela en la Cordillera de Merida (Bollino y Rodriguez, 2004; Bollino y Costa, 2007); y la nueva subespecie Catasticta cinerea farallonensis n.