[spawr-uh-deez; Greek spaw-rah-thes]
plural noun
two groups of Greek islands in the Aegean: the one (Northern Sporades) off the E coast of Greece; the other (Southern Sporades) including the Dodecanese, off the SW coast of Asia Minor.
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Sporades (ˈspɒrəˌdiːz)
pl n
two groups of Greek islands in the Aegean: the Northern Sporades, lying northeast of Euboea, and the Southern Sporades, which include the Dodecanese and lie off the SW coast of Turkey

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group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, lying northeast of Euboea (Evvoia) island, including Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, and Alonnisos, as well as neighbouring islets. In antiquity these were known as the Thessalian, or Northern, Sporades, while the Thracian, or Eastern, Sporades included the now-Turkish island of Imroz (Greek Imvros), Samothrace, Thasos, Lemnos, and Ayios Evstratios in the northeast Aegean. The Western Sporades were the scattered small islands of the southwestern Aegean, with the exception of the Cyclades and the islands of the Saronic Gulf; the Western Sporades included Hydra and Spetsai.

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