from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Two island groups of Greece in the Aegean Sea, consisting of the Northern Sporades off the central mainland and the Southern Sporades off the coast of Turkey.

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  • proper n. An archipelago in the Aegean Sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stars not included in any constellation; -- called also informed, or unformed, stars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A group of scattered islands in the Greek Archipelago.
  • In ancient astronomy, stars which were not included in any constellation.


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  • Between the Cyclades and Asia Minor lie the Sporades, which islands, as the name implies, are sown irregularly over that portion of the Aegean.

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  • (M306) The islands called the Sporades lie to the south and east of the

    Ancient States and Empires

  • Note 28: Note that at the time of publication, less than one-third of the Greek-speaking population lived within the borders of the new Greek state, which was then comprised of the Peloponnese, Roumeli, Attica, Evvoia, and the islands of the Western Aegean (Cyclades and Sporades).

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  • An attentive traveller may convince himself by his own eyes that the Cyclades and the Sporades were once part of the continent of

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • After leaving Aulis, the sleek hulls would have passed through the channel between the Greek coast and the island of Euboea and then turned eastward, island-hopping from the Sporades to Lemnos to Imbros.

    The Trojan War

  • There, it was arranged to have one copy taken to the island garrison of the Sporades and another to Volos.

    Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs

  • Thus I only knew we were near the Island of Carpathos, one of the Sporades, by Captain Nemo reciting these lines from Virgil:

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • The Writer of the following lines died at Florence, as he was preparing for a voyage to one of the wildest of the Sporades, which he had bought, and where he had fitted up the ruins of an old building, and where it was his hope to have realised a scheme of life, suited perhaps to that happier and better world of which he is now an inhabitant, but hardly practicable in this.

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • He had bought one of the Sporades, & fitted up a Saracenic castle which accident had preserved in some repair with simple elegance, & it was his intention to dedicate the remainder of his life to undisturbed intercourse with his companions

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • The writer of these lines died at Florence in [January 1820] while he was preparing ** for one wildest of the of the Sporades, where he bought

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley


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