archipelago


ar·chi·pel·a·go

noun \ˌär-kə-ˈpe-lə-ˌgō, ˌär-chə-\

: a group of islands

plural ar·chi·pel·a·goes or ar·chi·pel·a·gos

Full Definition of ARCHIPELAGO

1
:  an expanse of water with many scattered islands
2
:  a group of islands
3
:  something resembling an archipelago; especially :  a group or scattering of similar things <an archipelago of small parks within the city>

Origin of ARCHIPELAGO

Archipelago Aegean Sea, from Italian Arcipelago, literally, chief sea, from arci- (from Latin archi-) + Greek pelagos sea — more at plagal
First Known Use: 1589

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

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