noun, plural ar·chi·pel·a·gos, ar·chi·pel·a·goes.
Origin of archipelago
Examples from the Web for archipelagic
Here they were—the drift in the eddy of an archipelagic sea.The Quest for a Lost Race|Thomas E. Pickett
British Dictionary definitions for archipelagic
noun plural -gos or -goes
Word Origin for archipelago
Word Origin and History for archipelagic
c.1500, from Italian arcipelago "the Aegean Sea" (13c.), from Greek arkhipelagos, from arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + pelagos "sea" (see pelagic). The Aegean Sea being full of island chains, the meaning was extended in Italian to "any sea studded with islands." Klein, noting the absence of arkhipelagos in ancient or Medieval Greek (the modern word in Greek is borrowed from Italian) believe it is an Italian mistake for Aigaion pelagos "Aegean Sea" (Medieval Latin Egeopelagus), or influenced by that name.
Science definitions for archipelagic
Culture definitions for archipelagic
A group of islands near one another.