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ar·chi·pel·a·go

 (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.

archipelago

(ˌɑːkɪˈpɛlɪˌɡəʊ)
n, pl -gos or -goes
1. (Physical Geography) a group of islands
2. (Physical Geography) a sea studded with islands
[C16 (meaning: the Aegean Sea): from Italian arcipelago, literally: the chief sea (perhaps originally a mistranslation of Greek Aigaion pelagos the Aegean Sea), from archi- + pelago sea, from Latin pelagus, from Greek pelagos]
archipelagic, archipelagian adj

ar•chi•pel•a•go

(ˌɑr kəˈpɛl əˌgoʊ)

n., pl. -gos, -goes.
1. a large group or chain of islands.
2. a large body of water with many islands.
3. the Archipelago, the Aegean Sea.
[1495–1505; alter. (archi- for arci-) of Italian arcipelago, alter. of Egeopelago the Aegean Sea < Greek Aigaîon pélagos]
ar`chi•pe•lag′ic (-pəˈlædʒ ɪk) ar`chi•pe•la′gi•an (-ˈleɪ dʒi ən, -dʒən) adj.

Archipelago

 the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, hence, any sea or broad sheet of water containing many islands.
Examples: archipelago of isolated communities, 1862; of the Polar Ocean, 1830.

archipelago

A large group of islands, or a sea that contains one, for example the Aegean.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archipelago - a group of many islands in a large body of waterarchipelago - a group of many islands in a large body of water
island - a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
dry land, ground, solid ground, terra firma, earth, land - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
Translations
أرْخَبيل: مَجْموعَة جُزُر مُتَقارِبَه
souostroví
øgruppe
saaristo
szigetvilág
eyjaklasi
archipelagassalynas
arhipelāgs
súostrovie
ostrvljeotočje
skärgård
adalar kümesicezzartakımada
quần đảo

archipelago

[ˌɑːkɪˈpelɪgəʊ] N (archipelagos, archipelagoes (pl)) → archipiélago m

archipelago

[ˌɑːrkiˈpɛləgəʊ] narchipel m

archipelago

n pl <-(e)s> → Archipel m; the Archipelagoder Archipel(agos); (= sea)die Ägäis

archipelago

[ˌɑːkɪˈpɛlɪgəʊ] n (archipelagos or archipelagoes (pl)) → arcipelago

archipelago

(aːkiˈpeləgəu) plural ˌarchiˈpelago(e)s noun
a group of islands.
References in classic literature ?
It coasted even the Island of Kiltan, a land originally coraline, discovered by Vasco da Gama in 1499, and one of the nineteen principal islands of the Laccadive Archipelago, situated between
said Porthos, at the sight of a pale liquid, abundant but entirely free from meat, on the surface of which a few crusts swam about as rare as the islands of an archipelago.
said he, "I have travelled through Sicily and Calabria -- I have sailed two months in the Archipelago, and yet I never saw even the shadow of a bandit or a pirate.
I descended the poop and paced the waist, my mind picturing to myself the coming passage through the Malay Archipelago, down the Indian Ocean, and up the Atlantic.
Among these the most important was the manufacture of the native cloth,--'tappa',--so well known, under various modifications, throughout the whole Polynesian Archipelago.
He had lately made a voyage to the Indian Archipelago.
pensive and alone, coming out of a little door opening into the wood, and walking on the beach in the setting sun, without even attracting the attention of the fishermen, who, on their return in the evening, drew, like the ancient mariners of the Archipelago, their barks up upon the sand of the shore.
It is about ninety-seven miles in length, and seventy- eight in breadth, rising gradually into three pyramidal summits or cones; the highest, Mouna Roa, being eighteen thousand feet above the level of the sea, so as to domineer over the whole archipelago, and to be a landmark over a wide extent of ocean.
He had been caught somewhere in the Malayan Archipelago, and was going to England to be exhibited at a shilling a head.
Until a recent period he had followed the sea, and was, in fact, the very shipmaster whom George Herkimer had encountered, under such singular circumstances, in the Grecian Archipelago.
After tarrying here awhile, the Bay of Salamis will be crossed, and a day given to Corinth, whence the voyage will be continued to Constantinople, passing on the way through the Grecian Archipelago, the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmora, and the mouth of the Golden Horn, and arriving in about forty-eight hours from Athens.
At the place now mentioned it might measure about ninety miles in breadth, and at its southern extremity the captain found a group of islets, which he named the Archipelago of Bengal.