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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 Archipiélago de Colón
[ahr-chee-pye-lah-gaw th e kaw-lawn] /ˌɑr tʃiˈpyɛ lɑˌgɔ ðɛ kɔˈlɔn/ (Show IPA)
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  • Of the other reptilia should be noted two species of lizard of a genus (Amblyrhynchus) confined to the galapagos islands.

  • In a few days time the "Beagle" will sail for the galapagos islands.

  • These modern saurians live in great numbers on the shores of the galapagos islands off the coast of Chile.

    Dinosaurs William Diller Matthew
  • Worse than all, when they reached the galapagos islands they could find no water there.

  • I captured it upon the beach of one of the galapagos islands, where it had just succeeded in laying an egg.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • We had 1000 Negroes, all lusty young men and women, and we had 200 tons of flour stored up at the galapagos islands.

  • Darwin anticipated with intense pleasure his visit to the galapagos islands.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • But one of immense size, imported from the galapagos islands to England, was actually afraid of rain.

  • The only quadrupeds are rats, and some huge land tortoises, similar to those of the galapagos islands.

British Dictionary definitions for galapagos islands

Galápagos Islands

/ɡəˈlæpəɡəs; Spanish ɡaˈlapaɣɔs/
plural noun
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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galapagos islands in Culture
Galápagos Islands [(guh-lah-puh-gohs, guh-lap-uh-gohs)]

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

Note: The islands are known for their tortoises, penguins, marine iguanas, and other unusual animals.
Note: Charles Darwin visited these islands and gathered evidence that supported his theory of natural selection.
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