archipelago
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɑːkɪˈpɛləɡəʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌɑɹkɪˈpɛləˌɡoʊ/
Noun

archipelago (plural archipelagos)

  1. (collective) A group of islands.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      For many years past the whaleship has been the pioneer in ferreting out the remotest and least known parts of the earth. She has explored seas and archipelagoes which had no chart, where no Cook or Vancouver had ever sailed.
  2. (by extension) Something scattered around like an archipelago.
    The Gulag Archipelago
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