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[sey-mos, sam-ohs; Greek sah-maws]
  1. a Greek island in the E Aegean. 194 sq. mi. (502 sq. km).
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  1. one of a series of U.S. reconnaissance satellites.
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Origin of SAMOS

s(atellite) a(nti)m(issile) o(bservation) s(ystem)
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Historical Examples of samos

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

    Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca


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

  • At that time the whole strength of the Athenians was in Samos.

  • Of this the first designer was Rhoicos the son of Philes, a native of Samos.

  • Already the powerful ships were seen between the Isle of Samos and the main.


    Richard Short

British Dictionary definitions for samos


  1. 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)
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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.

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