Galápagos Islands

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Ga·lá·pa·gos Islands

 (gə-lä′pə-gəs, -lăp′ə-)
A group of volcanic islands lying along the equator in the Pacific Ocean west of the mainland of Ecuador. The islands are famous for their rare animal species, including the giant tortoises for which they are named. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835 and collected a wealth of scientific data that contributed to his theory of natural selection. Tourism is now regulated to protect the islands' many endemic and endangered species.

Galápagos Islands

(ɡəˈlæpəɡəs; Spanish ɡaˈlapaɣɔs)
pl n
(Placename) a group of 15 islands in the Pacific west of Ecuador, of which they form a province: discovered (1535) by the Spanish; main settlement on San Cristóbal. Pop: 18 640 (2001). Area: 7844 sq km (3028 sq miles). Official Spanish name: Archipiélago de Colón

Galapagos Islands

- Named for the massive tortoises living there, from Old Spanish galapago, "tortoise."
See also related terms for tortoise.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Galapagos Islands - a group of islands in the Pacific off South AmericaGalapagos Islands - a group of islands in the Pacific off South America; owned by Ecuador; known for unusual animal life
Ecuador, Republic of Ecuador - a republic in northwestern South America; became independent from Spain in 1822; the landscape is dominated by the Andes
Translations
Galápagossaaret

Galapagos Islands

[gəˈlæpəgəsˌaɪləndz] NPLIslas fpl (de los) Galápagos

Galapagos Islands

[gəˈlæpəgəsˈaɪləndz] npl the Galapagos Islandsle (isole) Galapagos fpl