An example of an archipelago is the Ksmii archipelago in Albania.
- a sea with many islands
- a group or chain of many islands
Origin of archipelagoItalian arcipelago ; from Medieval Greek archipelagos, origin, originally , the Aegean Sea ; from Classical Greek archi-, chief + pelagos, sea: see pelagic
nounpl. ar·chi·pel·a·goes or ar·chi·pel·a·gos
- A large group of islands: the Philippine archipelago.
- A sea, such as the Aegean, containing a large number of scattered islands.
Origin of archipelagoItalian Arcipelago, the Aegean Sea, alteration (influenced by arci-, chief, archi-) of Medieval Latin &Emacron;g&emacron;opelagus : Latin Aegaeus, &Emacron;g&emacron;us, Aegean (from Greek Aigaios) + Latin pelagus, sea (from Greek pelagos; see plak-1 in Indo-European roots).
(plural archipelagos or archipelagoes)
From Italian Arcipelago (“the Chief Sea, the Aegean Sea”), from Ancient Greek ἀρχι- (archi-, “leading”) + πέλαγος (pelagos, “sea”). The Aegean (the Arcipelago) is a sea with many islands; by extension, the term an Arcipelago at first referred to any sea with many islands, then to the islands themselves.