Are the Rocky Mountains the same as the Rockies?

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Indeed they are. Misconceptions rise about the same geographic features. Like most names, the Rocky mountains was shortened to the Rockies because people were too lazy to just say Rocky mountains and instead said the Rockies, which leads to misconceptions like this.
Similarly, the Canadian Rockies seems to be the preferred term in the US rather than "Canadian Rocky Mountains."
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What makes the Rocky Mountains rocky?

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