a mountain range in W South America, extending about 4500 miles (7250 km) from N Colombia and Venezuela S to Cape Horn. Highest peak, Aconcagua, 22,834 feet (6960 meters).
Contemporary Examples

From the Andes to dinner tables in the U.S., quinoa has come a long, flavorful way to prominence in the grain family.
The Perfect Quinoa February 1, 2010

Cocaine comes from the coca plant, which grows in the Andes and is considered sacred.
Why We Need Medical Meth + Cocaine Valerie Vande Panne February 21, 2014

Yasuni Natonal Park, where the equator meets the Andes, is famed for its fabulous variety of plants and animals.
The Rio+20 Conference Went From Good Intentions to the To-Do List From Hell Mac Margolis June 22, 2012

On this program we will hike in the Andes and Amazon as well as stay with local families and study Spanish.
College Can Wait…And Wait Kathleen Kingsbury April 29, 2009

ALIVE IN THE Andes After crash, Uruguayan rugby team turns to cannibalism.
Before 447: Seven Other Plane-Crash Mysteries The Daily Beast June 4, 2009

Historical Examples

At a great altitude in the Andes the people had shortness of breath which they called “puna,” and they ate onions to correct it.
Under the Maples John Burroughs

And the priest of whom Sorez spoke––could it be he who ruled these tribes in the Andes?
The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett

The Caucasus is quite a small affair, compared to the Andes, or Himalaya, or half-a-dozen other mountain-chains.
Dariel R. D. Blackmore

Ponchos are woven out of alpaco-wool by the Indians of the Andes.
The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid

The summits of the Andes terminate in slender sharp points like needles.
Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests J. J. von Tschudi

plural noun
a major mountain system of South America, extending for about 7250 km (4500 miles) along the entire W coast, with several parallel ranges or cordilleras and many volcanic peaks: rich in minerals, including gold, silver, copper, iron ore, and nitrates. Average height: 3900 m (13 000 ft). Highest peak: Aconcagua, 6960 m (22 835 ft)

from Quechua andi “high crest.”
Andes [(an-deez)]

Mountain system in South America running over 4,500 miles along the entire length of South America’s Pacific Ocean coast.


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