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archipelago

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noun ar·chi·pel·a·go \ˌär-kə-ˈpe-lə-ˌgō, ˌär-chə-\

Simple Definition of archipelago

  • : a group of islands

Full Definition of archipelago

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

  1. 1 :  an expanse of water with many scattered islands

  2. 2 :  a group of islands

  3. 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



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