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ar·chi·pel·a·go / ˌärkəˈpeləˌgō/ • n. (pl. -gos or -goes) a group of islands. ∎  a sea or stretch of water containing many islands. ORIGIN: early 16th cent.: from Italian arcipelago, from Greek arkhi- ‘chief’ + pelagos ‘sea.’ The word was originally used as a proper name (the Archipelago ‘the Aegean Sea’): the generalization of meaning occurred because the Aegean Sea is remarkable for its large numbers of islands.

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archipelago Aegean Sea; sea with numerous islands; group of many islands. XVI. — It. arcipelago, f. ARCHI- + Gr. pélagos sea.

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Archipelago (ärkĬpĕl´əgō) [Ital., from Gr.,=chief sea], ancient name of the Aegean Sea, later applied to the numerous islands it contains. The word now designates any cluster of islands.

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Archipelago

the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, hence, any sea or broad sheet of water containing many islands.

Examples: archipelago of isolated communities, 1862; of the Polar Ocean, 1830.

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archipelago A group of islands; a sea containing many scattered small islands.

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archipelago Group of islands; a sea containing many scattered small islands.