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a group of islands in the N Atlantic, W of Portugal: politically part of Portugal. 890 sq. mi. (2305 sq. km).
Historical Examples

The consumption of this Article at Madeira and the Azores does not exceed 740,000 cwt.
The History of the Revolutions of Portugal Abb Vertot

The Azores ought, too, to have shown more connection with America.
More Letters of Charles Darwin Charles Darwin

Azores (a-zorz’), a group of islands in the Atlantic belonging to Portugal, and 800 miles west of it.
Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four. William H. Elson

Slowly the storm abated, and on 18th February they reached the Azores.
A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge

Homeward-bound galleons or merchantmen were to be met with occasionally at the Azores.
English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century James Anthony Froude

The Azores had been discovered in 1439 and colonized by the Portuguese in 1440.
The Eighteen Christian Centuries James White

Contrary winds had forced him to alter his course to the Azores, where oranges and lemons had cured him of the scurvy.
The Virginia Company Of London, 1606-1624 Wesley Frank Craven

They are said to have reached the Azores some forty days after the beginning of the catastrophe.
Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman

How is it with the Azores; to be sure the heavy western gales would tend to diffuse the same species over that group.
The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II) Charles Darwin

Penn sailed on the 30th of November, with five of his frigates, for the Azores.
A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688 David Hannay

plural noun
the Azores, three groups of volcanic islands in the N Atlantic, since 1976 an autonomous region of Portugal. Capital: Ponta Delgada (on São Miguel). Pop: 241 762 (2001). Area: 2335 sq km (901 sq miles) Portuguese name Açores
Azores [(ay-zawrz, uh-zawrz)]

Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, west of mainland Portugal, belonging to Portugal.

Note: Strategically located on transatlantic air and shipping routes.


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