ar·chi·pe·lag·ic | \ˌär-kə-pə-ˈla-jik, ˌär-chə-\

Definition of archipelagic 

: of, relating to, or located in an archipelago

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Image With more than 13,000 islands, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic nation, yet its maritime sovereignty had long been neglected. New York Times, "A ‘Little Bit of a Nut Case’ Who’s Taking On China," 8 June 2018 Another example of clean thinking in action is evident in the use of those archipelagic waterways for transport of excavated rock away from the island of Lovö. William Steel, Ars Technica, "An inside look at how Sweden is building the world’s second-longest tunnel," 10 Mar. 2018 Scattered between the novels are short stories that fill out Le Guin’s archipelagic world like small, previously unmapped islands. Ryu Spaeth, New Republic, "An Education Through Earthsea," 6 Feb. 2018 The archipelagic country is hit by about 20 severe storms a year, many of them deadly. Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "Tropical Storm in Philippines Kills More Than 100 and Leaves Dozens Missing," 23 Dec. 2017 One of Mr. Joko’s main foreign policy goals is to transform Indonesia, an archipelagic nation of 250 million people, into a regional maritime power. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "The Chinese Coast Guard vessel rammed the fishing boat, apparently to compel the Indonesian authorities to release it, he said.," 21 Mar. 2016

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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