Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A group of islands of southeast Greece in the southern Aegean Sea. The islands were the site of an early Bronze Age culture that is noted for its stylized figurines carved from white marble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the pre-Mycenaean civilization on the Cyclades islands in the S Aegean sea.
  • noun an archipelago consisting of over 200 islands in the southern Aegean sea.

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  • proper noun An Aegean island chain in southeast-central Greece, surrounding the main island Delos, further including the islands of Andros, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Syra, Tinos and Zea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a group of over 200 islands in the southern Aegean
  • noun the Bronze Age civilization on the Cyclades islands in the southern Aegean Sea that flourished 3000-1100 BC

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Κυκλάδες (Kyklades), plural of Κυκλάς (Kyklas), from κύκλος (kyklos, "circle, ring").

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