Japanese archipelago

[ jap-uh-neez ahr-kuh-pel-uh-goh, jap-uh-nees ]

  1. the nearly 2,000-mile (3,220-kilometer) chain of more than 6,850 islands in the North Pacific Ocean that form the country of Japan and the Russian island of Sakhalin, with the Sea of Japan to the west and the Sea of Okhotsk to the northeast.

Origin of Japanese archipelago

First recorded in 1850–55

Words Nearby Japanese archipelago

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How to use Japanese archipelago in a sentence

  • Yet the Japanese archipelago was inhabited long before the dawn of history.

    The Religions of Japan | William Elliot Griffis