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 Within 20 minutes of the explosion, four-foot tsunami waves cascaded over Tongatapu, the archipelagic Kingdom of Tonga’s main island. Robin Andrews, Wired, 20 Jan. 2022 Super Typhoon Rai, called Odette in the Philippines, ran into the eastern portion of the archipelagic nation Thursday. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Many of the protesters came to Honiara, on the island of Guadalcanal, from Malaita, the most populous island in the archipelagic nation, about 1,000 miles northeast of Australia. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2021 Many of the protesters came to Honiara, on the island of Guadalcanal, from Malaita, the most populous island in the archipelagic nation in the South Pacific, about 1,000 miles northeast of Australia. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 The average land elevation in the archipelagic state is just 6 feet 6 inches above mean sea level, and the water is rising at almost 0.2 inches each year. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Men from neighboring archipelagic countries like Guam and Fiji, as well as host Samoa, were lining up to race the 100 meters. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2021 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 See More

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Archipelagic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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