Andes proper n

Quechua, possibly anti, east; anta, copper, tapir; or andi, peak, crest.

  1. South American mountain range; southern half of the great chain of snow-capped mountains extending through the Americas; longest and second highest mountain range in the world; [fig.] enduring greatness; lasting impression; monumental legacy; eternal presence; everlasting memory; a sense of grandeur; magnificent feelings; [word play] agony; heartache; overwhelming sorrow; coldness of immense grief; (see ED letters).