Galápagos Islands

[ guh-lah-puh-gohs; Spanish gah-lah-pah-gaws ]
/ gəˈlɑ pəˌgoʊs; Spanish gɑˈlɑ pɑˌgɔs /

plural noun

an archipelago on the equator in the Pacific, about 600 miles (965 km) W of and belonging to Ecuador: many unique species of animal life. 3029 sq. mi. (7845 sq. km).
Also called Colón Archipelago. Spanish Ar·chi·pié·la·go de Co·lón [ahr-chee-pye-lah-gaw th e kaw-lawn] /ˌɑr tʃiˈpyɛ lɑˌgɔ ðɛ kɔˈlɔn/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for galapagos islands

Galápagos Islands

/ (ɡəˈlæpəɡəs, Spanish ɡaˈlapaɣɔs) /

pl n

a group of 15 islands in the Pacific west of Ecuador, of which they form a province: discovered (1535) by the Spanish; main settlement on San Cristóbal. Pop: 18 640 (2001). Area: 7844 sq km (3028 sq miles)Official Spanish name: Archipiélago de Colón
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Culture definitions for galapagos islands

Galápagos Islands

[ (guh-lah-puh-gohs, guh-lap-uh-gohs) ]

Groups of islands in the Pacific Ocean off South America, owned by Ecuador.


The islands are known for their tortoises, penguins, marine iguanas, and other unusual animals.


Charles Darwin visited these islands and gathered evidence that supported his theory of natural selection.
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