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[sey-mos, sam-ohs; Greek sah-maws] /ˈseɪ mɒs, ˈsæm oʊs; Greek ˈsɑ mɔs/
a Greek island in the E Aegean. 194 sq. mi. (502 sq. km).


[sam-ohs] /ˈsæm oʊs/
one of a series of U.S. reconnaissance satellites.
Origin of SAMOS
s(atellite) a(nti)m(issile) o(bservation) s(ystem) Unabridged
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  • When in possession of a strong fleet Cambyses could use it against Samos.

  • They lie in wait in the narrow passage between Samos and Ithaca.

  • A strong fleet was sent across the Ægæan, and adequate measures were taken to defend Samos both by land and sea.

  • Twenty-four come from Samos, and twenty more from Zakynthos, and twelve from Ithaca.

  • Montcalm was therefore anxious for its fate when at break of day he heard firing from the French cannon at Samos, above Quebec.

    The Conquest of New France George M. Wrong
  • Of this the first designer was Rhoicos the son of Philes, a native of Samos.

  • A detachment, sent swiftly, seized the battery at Samos that was firing upon the ships and boats.

    The Sun Of Quebec Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Syloson rejected these, but asked the aid of Darius to make him king of Samos.

  • He was a native of Samos, an island in the gean sea, and flourished about five hundred years before the Christian era.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • Examples of this development are offered by portals of Samos and Phigalia.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
British Dictionary definitions for Samos


a Greek island in the E Aegean Sea, off the SW coast of Turkey: a leading commercial centre of ancient Greece. Pop: 33 809 (2001). Area: 492 sq km (190 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Samos

Greek island in the Aegean, from Old Greek samos "a height, dune, seaside hill." Many references to it are as the birthplace of Pythagoras. Related: Samian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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