1. a chain of mountains, usually the principal mountain system or mountain axis of a large landmass.


  1. a series of parallel ranges of mountains, esp in the northwestern US

1704, from Spanish, “mountain chain,” from cordilla, in Old Spanish “string, rope,” diminutive of cuerda, from Latin chorda “cord, rope” (see cord).

  1. A long and wide chain of mountains, especially the main mountain range of a large landmass. Cordilleras can include the valleys, basins, rivers, lakes, plains, and plateaus between parallel chains of a single mountain system, or they can consist solely of a string of connected mountain peaks.
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