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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Archipelago \Ar`chi*pel"a*go\, n.; pl. -goes or -gos. [It. arcipelago, properly, chief sea; Gr. pref ? + ? sea, perh. akin to ? blow, and expressing the beating of the waves. See Plague.] [1913 Webster] 1. The Grecian Archipelago, or [AE]gean Sea, separating Greece from Asia Minor. It is studded with a vast number of small islands. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Any sea or broad sheet of water interspersed with many islands or with a group of islands. [1913 Webster]