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 (är′kə-pĕl′ə-gō′, är′chə-)
n. pl. ar·chi·pel·a·goes or ar·chi·pel·a·gos
1. A large group of islands: the Philippine archipelago.
2. A sea, such as the Aegean, containing a large number of scattered islands.

[Italian Arcipelago, the Aegean Sea, alteration (influenced by arci-, chief, archi-) of Medieval Latin Ēgēopelagus : Latin Aegaeus, Ēgēus, Aegean (from Greek Aigaios) + Latin pelagus, sea (from Greek pelagos; see plāk- in Indo-European roots).]

ar′chi·pe·lag′ic (-pə-lăj′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.archipelagic - relating to or part of an archipelagoarchipelagic - relating to or part of an archipelago; "an archipelagic war"
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