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ARCHIPELAGO (archipelagoes)

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ARCHIPELAGO (noun)
  The noun ARCHIPELAGO has 1 sense:

1. a group of many islands in a large body of water

  Familiarity information: ARCHIPELAGO used as a noun is very rare.


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ARCHIPELAGO (noun)


Sense 1archipelago [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of many islands in a large body of water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("archipelago" is a kind of...):

dry land; earth; ground; land; solid ground; terra firma (the solid part of the earth's surface)

Meronyms (members of "archipelago"):

island (a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water)

Instance hyponyms:

Hawaiian Islands; Sandwich Islands (a group of volcanic and coral islands in the central Pacific)

Frisian Islands (a chain of islands in the North Sea off the coast of northwestern Europe extending from the IJsselmeer to Jutland)

Volcano Islands (a group of Japanese Islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean north of the Marianas)

Ryukyu Islands (a chain of 55 islands in the western Pacific southwest of Japan (returned by United States to Japan in 1972))

Japan; Japanese Archipelago; Japanese Islands (a string of more than 3,000 islands east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean)

Outer Hebrides (a 130-mile long archipelago northwest of Scotland)

Inner Hebrides (islands between the Outer Hebrides and the western coast of Scotland)

Hebridean Islands; Hebridean Isles; Hebrides; Western Islands; Western Isles (a group of more than 500 islands off the western coast of Scotland)

Isles of Scilly; Scilly Islands (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)

Admiralty Islands (a group of islands in the Bismarck Archipelago)

Bismarck Archipelago (a group of islands in the southwestern Pacific northeast of New Guinea; part of Papua New Guinea)

Lesser Sunda Islands; Nusa Tenggara (a chain of islands forming a province of Indonesia east of Java; includes Bali and Timor)

Orkney Islands (an archipelago of about 70 islands in the North Atlantic and North Sea off the northeastern coast of Scotland)

Shetland; Shetland Islands; Zetland (an archipelago of about 100 islands in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland)

Alexander Archipelago (a group of islands off southeastern Alaska)

Balearic Islands (an archipelago in the western Mediterranean off the eastern coast of Spain)

Solomon Islands; Solomons (the northernmost islands are part of Papua New Guinea; the remainder form an independent state within the British Commonwealth)

Iles Marquises; Marquesas Islands (a group of volcanic islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia)

Gambier Islands (a group of islands in the south central Pacific; part of French Polynesia)

Austral Islands; Tubuai Islands (a chain of small islands in French Polynesia)

Low Archipelago; Paumotu Archipelago; Tuamotu Archipelago (a group of about 80 coral islands in French Polynesia)

Society Islands (an island group of French Polynesia in the South Pacific east of Samoa)

Madeira Islands; Madeiras (a group of volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean west of Morocco; the group forms an autonomous region of Portugal)

Philippine Islands; Philippines (an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands)

Belau; Palau; Palau Islands; Pelew (a chain of more than 200 islands about 400 miles long in the western central Pacific Ocean)

Greater Sunda Islands (a chain of islands including Borneo and Celebes and Java and Sumatra)

Sunda Islands (a chain of islands in the western Malay Archipelago)

East India; East Indies; Malay Archipelago (a group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia)

Aaland islands; Ahvenanmaa; Aland islands (an archipelago of some 6,000 islands in the Gulf of Bothnia under Finnish control)

Lofoten (a string of islands off the northwestern coast of Norway in the Norwegian Sea)

Svalbard (a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean)

Windward Islands; Windward Isles (a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies; the southern part of the Lesser Antilles)

Leeward Islands (a group of islands in the eastern West Indies)

Caribees; Lesser Antilles (a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies)

Greater Antilles (a group of islands in the western West Indies)

Antilles (a group of islands in the West Indies)

the Indies; West Indies (the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area)

Comoro Islands; Iles Comores (three main islands and numerous islets in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar)

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)

Arctic Archipelago (all the islands that lie north of mainland Canada and the Arctic Circle)

Aleutian Islands; Aleutians (an archipelago in the North Pacific extending southwestern from Alaska)

Polynesia (the islands in the eastern part of Oceania)

Ellice Islands; Tuvalu (a group of coral islands in Micronesia southwest of Hawaii)

Gilbert Islands (a group of islands in Micronesia 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)

Marshall Islands (a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia)

Caroline Islands (a long archipelago of more than 500 islands in Micronesia east of the Philippines)

Ladrone Islands; Mariana Islands; Marianas (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)

Micronesia (the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania)

Melanesia (the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania)

Austronesia (islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia))

Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific)

Oceania; Oceanica (a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago))

Cape Verde Islands (a group of islands in the Atlantic off of the coast of Senegal)


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