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cor·dil·le·ra

 (kôr′dl-yâr′ə, kôr-dĭl′ər-ə)
n.
An extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, especially the principal mountain system of a continent.

[Spanish, from cordilla, diminutive of cuerda, cord, from Latin chorda; see cord.]

cordillera

(ˌkɔːdɪlˈjɛərə)
n
(Physical Geography) a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US
[C18: from Spanish, from cordilla, literally: a little cord, from cuerda mountain range, cord]
ˌcordilˈleran adj

cor•dil•le•ra

(ˌkɔr dlˈyɛər ə, -ˈɛər ə, kɔrˈdɪl ər ə)

n.
a chain of mountains, usu. the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.
[1695–1705; < Sp, derivative of cordilla, diminutive of cuerda string, mountain range (< Latin chorda); see cord]
cor`dil•le′ran, adj.

cor·dil·le·ra

(kôr′dl-yâr′ə)
A long and wide chain of mountains, especially the main mountain range of a large landmass.
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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.
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.
THE Cordillera arm of the Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) and the Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA) on February 12 put out a statement calling for a stop to the intensifying attacks against human-rights defenders in the region.
Camp Dangwa, Benguet -- The military and police in the Cordillera region recently discovered, uprooted and destroyed thousands of marijuana plants with an estimated value of over P15 million in Kalinga province.
1 million were set ablaze by soldiers from the Philippine Army's 50th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cagayan region and police officers from Tinglayan and from the Cordillera and Kalinga offices.
4 in Abra province, which is hosting the six-day Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (Caraa) sports meet.
The Crime Solution Efficiency in the Cordillera, on the other hand, had increased to 12.
US-based TV station group Cordillera Communications has selected GatesAir transmission equipment and services for three of its local stations that must relocate their UHF channels in accordance with the US Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) spectrum repack transition schedule.