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Archipelago

Archipelago (ärkĭpĕlˈəgō) [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

[‚är·kə′pel·ə‚gō]
(geography)
A large group of islands.
A sea that has a large group of islands within it.
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archipelago

1. a group of islands
2. a sea studded with islands
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