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

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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, "164 Environmental Activists Were Killed While Protecting Their Homes Last Year, Watchdog Says," 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, "How to Win a Cold War With Beijing," 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, "Flight Deal: U.S. to the Azores from $490 Round-Trip," 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, "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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