• WordNet 3.6
    • n archipelago a group of many islands in a large body of water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Archipelago is the word to describe a large group of islands that are located close together
    • Archipelago Hence: Any sea or broad sheet of water interspersed with many islands or with a group of islands.
    • Archipelago The Grecian Archipelago, or Ægean Sea, separating Greece from Asia Minor. It is studded with a vast number of small islands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The smallest fish in the world is the Trimattum Nanus of the Chagos Archipelago. It is only 0.33" long.
    • n archipelago [capitalized] Originally and specifically, the sea which separates Greece from Asia Minor, otherwise called the Ægean sea, studded with a number of small islands. Hence, generally
    • n archipelago Any body of water abounding with islands, or the islands themselves collectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Archipelago ärk-i-pel′a-gō the chief sea of the Greeks, or the Ægean Sea: a sea abounding in small islands, also a group of such islands
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. arcipelago, properly, chief sea; Gr. pref + sea, perh. akin to blow, and expressing the beating of the waves. See Plague
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
An Italian compound from Gr. archi-, chief, pelagos, sea.


In literature:

A common term among seamen for the Archipelago.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Stand firm for the present American Union of sister States, undiluted by anybody's archipelagos.
"Problems of Expansion" by Whitelaw Reid
It is rare even in this archipelago that there occurs a cataclysm so terrible as that of 1883.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Before them lay an archipelago of granite islands.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The course of the vessels up the fjord was through an archipelago, or "garden of rocks," as it is styled in the Norwegian language.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
The incidents of the stay in the Marquesas Archipelago are of little interest, they were much the same as those related in Cook's Voyages.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Chiloe is one of the largest islands of the Archipelago which extends along the west coast of South America, from 42 deg.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Great Sooloo is about fifty miles in length, and twenty-five in breadth, being the largest of a group of islands known as the Sooloo Archipelago.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Mary Gordon told of the distant Oceanic archipelago in which her father exercised authority like a viceroy.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Java is by far the most important of the islands of the Malay Archipelago.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold

In poetry:

There is a Gulag Archipelago
under this ice, where the salt, mineral spring
of the long Trail of Tears runnels these plains
as hard and open as a herdsman's face
sun-cracked and stubbled with unshaven snow.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott
The tourist archipelago's of my South
are prisons too, corruptible, and though
there is no harder prison than writing verse,
what's poetry, if it is worth its salt,
but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott

In news:

The owners of several properties in the Thimble Islands, Connecticut's tony archipelago, are listing two single-residence islands for sale.
German photographer Claudius Schulze traveled to the mysterious archipelago of Socotra.
This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day.
But here in Hawaii, taking what's big beyond the most isolated archipelago in the world requires both going big while bringing it home.
An undated file photo shows masses of ice up to 120 feet above the water level are seen floating near the Southern Shetlands archipelago in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere's summer season.
The unspoiled island of La Gomera makes a great introduction to the Canaries , says Josephine Quintero, co-author of the Lonely Planet guide to the Spanish archipelago.
Tristan da Cunha is the most remote, yet inhabited, archipelago in the world.
Underwater mountain located in middle of Indian Ocean at Chagos Archipelago.
A silvertip shark lingers near a baited video camera on a seamount near the Chagos Archipelago.
Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Indian Ocean's Chagos archipelago.
The Solentiname (pronounced so-LEN-teh-NAH-me) archipelago is a cluster of 36 islands near the southern corner of sprawling Lake Nicaragua.
Bungalow Bar and Restaurant is just one link in a loose archipelago of restaurants and bars facing the glistening bay, most from the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.
Two forest fire s are raging out of control on the islands of Tenerife and La Palma in Spain's Canary islands archipelago near the eastern coast of Africa.
In this July 21, 2008 file photo released by Galapagos National Park, a giant tortoise named "Lonesome George" is seen in the Galapagos islands, an archipelago off Ecuador's Pacific coast.
Archipelago Learning Previews EdIslands Study Island Interface .

In science:

As yet we only obtained a very first impression of the first islands of the cosmic archipelago.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
We calculate the singular homology and ˇCech cohomology groups of the Harmonic archipelago.
On the homology of the Harmonic Archipelago
In the present paper, which is a step in this direction, we shall investigate the abelianization of the fundamental group of the Harmonic archipelago HA.
On the homology of the Harmonic Archipelago
Griffiths space, Harmonic archipelago, Hawaiian earring, fundamental group, trivial shape, Peano continuum, wild topology.
On the homology of the Harmonic Archipelago
The Griffiths space G and the Harmonic archipelago HA are not homotopy equivalent.
On the homology of the Harmonic Archipelago