archipelago

[ ahr-kuh-pel-uh-goh ]SEE DEFINITION OF archipelago
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARCHIPELAGO

It lies near the sea, as it were at the head of the Archipelago.

They should have left the island to leeward, heading into the Caribbean and away from the archipelago.

The vroucolacas of Greece and the Archipelago are again revenans of a new kind.

In that story I had not gone back to the Archipelago, I had only turned for another look at it.

Morrison knew no more of Heyst than the rest of us trading in the Archipelago did.

Measures to be adopted for working up the natural resources of the Archipelago.

Meanwhile, almost every coast of the Archipelago was energetically ravaged.

Those who were able took passage to ports outside the Archipelago.

It is pleasant from the fact that it is not only the capital but also metropolis of the archipelago.

Britain is not so much an island as an archipelago; it is at least a labyrinth of peninsulas.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, from Italian arcipelago "the Aegean Sea" (13c.), from Greek arkhipelagos, from arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + pelagos "sea" (see pelagic). The Aegean Sea being full of island chains, the meaning was extended in Italian to "any sea studded with islands." Klein, noting the absence of arkhipelagos in ancient or Medieval Greek (the modern word in Greek is borrowed from Italian) believe it is an Italian mistake for Aigaion pelagos "Aegean Sea" (Medieval Latin Egeopelagus), or influenced by that name.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ARCHIPELAGO

island

nounland surrounded by body of water
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