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ar·chi·pel·a·go

 (är′kə-pĕl′ə-gō′, är′chə-)
n. pl. ar·chi·pel·a·goes or ar·chi·pel·a·gos
1. A large group of islands: the Philippine archipelago.
2. A sea, such as the Aegean, containing a large number of scattered islands.

[Italian Arcipelago, the Aegean Sea, alteration (influenced by arci-, chief, archi-) of Medieval Latin Ēgēopelagus : Latin Aegaeus, Ēgēus, Aegean (from Greek Aigaios) + Latin pelagus, sea (from Greek pelagos; see plāk- in Indo-European roots).]

ar′chi·pe·lag′ic (-pə-lăj′ĭk) adj.
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archipelago

(ˌɑːkɪˈpɛlɪˌɡəʊ)
n, pl -gos or -goes
1. (Physical Geography) a group of islands
2. (Physical Geography) a sea studded with islands
[C16 (meaning: the Aegean Sea): from Italian arcipelago, literally: the chief sea (perhaps originally a mistranslation of Greek Aigaion pelagos the Aegean Sea), from archi- + pelago sea, from Latin pelagus, from Greek pelagos]
archipelagic, archipelagian adj
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ar•chi•pel•a•go

(ˌɑr kəˈpɛl əˌgoʊ)

n., pl. -gos, -goes.
1. a large group or chain of islands.
2. a large body of water with many islands.
3. the Archipelago, the Aegean Sea.
[1495–1505; alter. (archi- for arci-) of Italian arcipelago, alter. of Egeopelago the Aegean Sea < Greek Aigaîon pélagos]
ar`chi•pe•lag′ic (-pəˈlædʒ ɪk) ar`chi•pe•la′gi•an (-ˈleɪ dʒi ən, -dʒən) adj.
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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 large group of islands, or a sea that contains one, for example the Aegean.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archipelago - a group of many islands in a large body of waterarchipelago - a group of many islands in a large body of water
island - a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
dry land, ground, solid ground, terra firma, earth, land - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
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Translations
أرْخَبيل: مَجْموعَة جُزُر مُتَقارِبَه
souostroví
øgruppe
saaristo
szigetvilág
eyjaklasi
archipelagassalynas
arhipelāgs
súostrovie
ostrvljeotočje
skärgård
adalar kümesicezzartakımada
quần đảo

archipelago

[ˌɑːkɪˈpelɪgəʊ] N (archipelagos, archipelagoes (pl)) → archipiélago m
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archipelago

[ˌɑːrkiˈpɛləgəʊ] narchipel m
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archipelago

n pl <-(e)s> → Archipel m; the Archipelagoder Archipel(agos); (= sea)die Ägäis
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archipelago

[ˌɑːkɪˈpɛlɪgəʊ] n (archipelagos or archipelagoes (pl)) → arcipelago
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archipelago

(aːkiˈpeləgəu) plural ˌarchiˈpelago(e)s noun
a group of islands.
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References in classic literature ?
The Malay Archipelago is of about the size of Europe from the North Cape to the Mediterranean, and from Britain to Russia; and therefore equals all the geological formations which have been examined with any accuracy, excepting those of the United States of America.
Nearly all oblong or circular, and as if traced with the compass, they seem to form one vast archipelago, equal to that charming group lying between Greece and Asia Minor, and which mythology in ancient times adorned with most graceful legends.
My next effort in short-story writing was a departure--I mean a departure from the Malay Archipelago. Without premeditation, without sorrow, without rejoicing, and almost without noticing it, I stepped into the very different atmosphere of "An Outpost of Progress." I found there a different moral attitude.
Or, if the Nautilus did emerge, nothing was to be seen but the pilot's cage; and sometimes it went to great depths, for, between the Grecian Archipelago and Asia Minor we could not touch the bottom by more than a thousand fathoms.
After tarrying here awhile, the Bay of Salamis will be crossed, and a day given to Corinth, whence the voyage will be continued to Constantinople, passing on the way through the Grecian Archipelago, the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmora, and the mouth of the Golden Horn, and arriving in about forty-eight hours from Athens.
The Flora of the Galapagos Archipelago is the subject of a separate memoir by him, in the 'Linnean Transactions.' The Reverend Professor Henslow has published a list of the plants collected by me at the Keeling Islands; and the Reverend J.
He had been caught somewhere in the Malayan Archipelago, and was going to England to be exhibited at a shilling a head.
And so Starbuck found Ahab with a general chart of the oriental archipelagoes spread before him; and another separate one representing the long eastern coasts of the Japanese islands -- Niphon, Matsmai, and Sikoke.
It is about ninety-seven miles in length, and seventy- eight in breadth, rising gradually into three pyramidal summits or cones; the highest, Mouna Roa, being eighteen thousand feet above the level of the sea, so as to domineer over the whole archipelago, and to be a landmark over a wide extent of ocean.
She has explored seas and archipelagoes which had no chart, where no Cook or Vancouver had ever sailed.
This however, is not always the case, especially among the inhabitants of the Polynesian Archipelago. The labial melody with which the Typee girls carry on an ordinary conversation, giving a musical prolongation to the final syllable of every sentence, and chirping out some of the words with a liquid, bird-like accent, was singularly pleasing.
"As soon as I've got through my hospital appointments I shall get a ship; I want to go to the East--the Malay Archipelago, Siam, China, and all that sort of thing--and then I shall take odd jobs.