CORDILLERA , a
See also:term for a range or chain of mountains, derived from the Old Spanish cordilla, the diminutive of cuerda, a
See also:cord or rope . The name was first given to the
See also:Andes ranges of South
See also:Las Cordilleras de los Andes, and applied to the extension of the
See also:system into Mexico . In
See also:North America the parallel ranges of mountains
See also:running between and including the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra
See also:Nevada are known as the " Cordilleras," and that
See also:part of the western continent crossed by them has been termed the " Cordilleran region." Although the name has been applied to the eastern
See also:mountain system of
See also:Australia, the word is not, outside America, used as a generic term for parallel ranges of mountains .
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