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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Cordillera  \Cor*dil"ler*a\  (k?r-d?l"l?r-?;  Sp  k?r`d?-ly?"r?), 
  n.  [Sp.,  fr  OSp.  cordilla,  cordiella  dim.  of  cuerda  a  rope, 
  string.  See  {Cord}.]  (Geol.) 
  A  mountain  ridge  or  chain. 
  Note:  Cordillera  is  sometimes  applied,  in  geology,  to  the 
  system  of  mountain  chains  near  the  border  of  a 
  continent;  thus  the  western  cordillera  of  North 
  America  in  the  United  States  includes  the  Rocky 
  Mountains,  Sierra  Nevada,  Coast  and  Cascade  ranges.