Other Word Forms of Archipelago
Origin of Archipelago
Italian Arcipelago the Aegean Sea alteration (influenced by arci- chief, archi-) of Medieval Latin Ēgēopelagus Latin Aegaeus, Ēgēus Aegean (from Greek Aigaios) Latin pelagus sea (from Greek pelagos plāk-1 in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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.
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