[ guh-lah-puh-gohs; Spanish gah-lah-pah-gaws ]
/ gəˈlɑ pəˌgoʊs; Spanish gɑˈlɑ pɑˌgɔs /
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).
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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/.
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/ (ɡəˈlæpəɡəs, Spanish ɡaˈlapaɣɔs) /
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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[ (guh-lah-puh-gohs, guh-lap-uh-gohs) ]
The islands are known for their tortoises, penguins, marine iguanas, and other unusual animals.
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