Sierra

(3 syl., Spanish, a saw). A mountain whose top is indented like a saw; a range of mountains whose tops form a saw-like appearance; a line of craggy rocks; as Sierra Morena (where many of the incidents in Don Quixote are laid), Sierra Nevada (the snowy range), Sierra Leone (in West Africa, where lions abound), etc.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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