archipelago

Now here's a word, archipelago, that is super-specific: it means a group of many islands. Wouldn't it be great to build your dream house in the Galapagos archipelago?

It seems that archipelago came from the Italian Arciplago, the name for the Aegean Sea, which is full of many many islands. Somehow that became the word for any sea that is chock-full of islands. You can also use archipelago to indicate some other grouping that involves neither islands nor water but is similar to them. Your little sister might create an archipelago of Lego buildings on your living room carpet.

DEFINITIONS OF: archipelago

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n a group of many islands in a large body of water

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Cape Verde Islands
a group of islands in the Atlantic off of the coast of Senegal
Tierra del Fuego
an archipelago off southern South America; separated from the continent by the Strait of Magellan; islands are administered by Chile and by Argentina
Comoro Islands
three main islands and numerous islets in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar
West Indies
the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
Antilles
a group of islands in the West Indies
Greater Antilles
a group of islands in the western West Indies
Lesser Antilles
a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies
Leeward Islands
a group of islands in the eastern West Indies
Windward Islands
a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies; the southern part of the Lesser Antilles
Svalbard
a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean
Lofoten
a string of islands off the northwestern coast of Norway in the Norwegian Sea
Aaland islands
an archipelago of some 6,000 islands in the Gulf of Bothnia under Finnish control
Arctic Archipelago
all the islands that lie to the north of mainland Canada and the Arctic Circle
Aleutian Islands
an archipelago in the North Pacific extending southwest from Alaska
Oceanica
a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)
Australasia
Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific
Austronesia
islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Melanesia
the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
Micronesia
the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
Ladrone Islands
a chain of coral and volcanic islands in Micronesia (including Guam and the Northern Marianas) halfway between New Guinea and Japan; discovered by Magellan in 1521
Caroline Islands
a long archipelago of more than 500 islands in Micronesia to the east of the Philippines
Marshall Islands
a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia
Gilbert Islands
a group of islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it became part of the Republic of Kiribati in 1979
Ellice Islands
a group of coral islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii
Polynesia
the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
Malay Archipelago
a group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia
Sunda Islands
a chain of islands in the western Malay Archipelago
Greater Sunda Islands
a chain of islands including Borneo and Celebes and Java and Sumatra
Lesser Sunda Islands
a chain of islands forming a province of Indonesia to the east of Java; includes Bali and Timor
Bismarck Archipelago
a group of islands in the southwestern Pacific to the northeast of New Guinea; part of Papua New Guinea
Admiralty Islands
a group of islands in the Bismarck Archipelago
Isles of Scilly
an archipelago of small islands off the southwestern coast of England near the entrance to the English Channel; formerly a haven for smugglers and pirates
Hebridean Islands
a group of more than 500 islands off the western coast of Scotland
Inner Hebrides
islands between the Outer Hebrides and the western coast of Scotland
Outer Hebrides
a 130-mile long archipelago to the northwest of Scotland
Japanese Archipelago
a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
Ryukyu Islands
a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific to the to the southwest of Japan (returned by United States to Japan in 1972)
Volcano Islands
a group of Japanese Islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean to the north of the Marianas
Frisian Islands
a chain of islands in the North Sea off the coast of northwestern Europe extending from the IJsselmeer to Jutland
Orkney Islands
an archipelago of about 70 islands in the North Atlantic and North Sea off the northeastern coast of Scotland
Shetland Islands
an archipelago of about 100 islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland
Palau Islands
a chain of more than 200 islands about 400 miles long in the western central Pacific Ocean
Philippine Islands
an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands
Madeira Islands
a group of volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of Morocco; the group forms an autonomous region of Portugal
Society Islands
an island group of French Polynesia in the South Pacific to the east of Samoa
Paumotu Archipelago
a group of about 80 coral islands in French Polynesia
Austral Islands
a chain of small islands in French Polynesia
Gambier Islands
a group of islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia
Marquesas Islands
a group of volcanic islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia
Solomon Islands
the northernmost islands are part of Papua New Guinea; the remainder form an independent state within the British Commonwealth
Balearic Islands
an archipelago in the western Mediterranean off the eastern coast of Spain
Alexander Archipelago
a group of islands off southeastern Alaska
Hawaiian Islands
a group of volcanic and coral islands in the central Pacific
Type of:
dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
the solid part of the earth's surface
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