[sey-mos, sam-ohs; Greek sah-maws]


a Greek island in the E Aegean. 194 sq. mi. (502 sq. km).




one of a series of U.S. reconnaissance satellites.

Origin of SAMOS

s(atellite) a(nti)m(issile) o(bservation) s(ystem) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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