ar·​chi·​pe·​lag·​ic | \ ˌär-kə-pə-ˈla-jik How to pronounce archipelagic (audio) , ˌär-chə- \

Definition of archipelagic

: of, relating to, or located in an archipelago

Examples of archipelagic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The eruption of the La Soufrière volcano on the island of St. Vincent—the main part of the archipelagic Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines—is making headlines around the world, and quite rightly too. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Every corner of this archipelagic province in the Philippines is picturesque: the waters are clear and bright, the mountains are steep and striking, and the list of adventurous things to do is seemingly endless. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 In 2017, Global Witness said 48 environmental defenders were killed on the archipelagic nation, the highest ever recorded in an Asian country. Amy Gunia, Time, 30 July 2019 Beijing must understand that U.S. allies will vigorously contest any attempt to control the archipelagic straits between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2018 Flights from New York City to the Azores, Portugal's archipelagic territory in the middle of the Atlantic, usually cost around $800 round-trip and typically come with at least a ten-hour layover. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Aug. 2018 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, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of archipelagic

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Archipelagic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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