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Galapagos islands

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).
Contemporary Examples

On September 15, 1835, Charles Darwin landed at the galapagos islands.
Sept. 15: D-Day for Health Care Paul Begala August 19, 2009

Historical Examples

Of the other reptilia should be noted two species of lizard of a genus (Amblyrhynchus) confined to the galapagos islands.
An Introduction to the History of Science Walter Libby

In a few days time the “Beagle” will sail for the galapagos islands.
More Letters of Charles Darwin Charles Darwin

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.
Privateers and Privateering E. P. Statham

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.
History of the Buccaneers of America James Burney

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 Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical Frank H. Stauffer

The only quadrupeds are rats, and some huge land tortoises, similar to those of the galapagos islands.
Rdan The Devil And Other Stories Louis Becke

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
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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