from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island of eastern Greece in the Aegean Sea off the western coast of Turkey. First inhabited in the Bronze Age, it was later colonized by Ionian Greeks and became an important commercial and maritime power in the sixth century B.C. Controlled in turn by Persia, Athens, Sparta, Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire, the island became part of modern-day Greece in 1913.
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- proper n. A island belonging to the Sporades and a city on it, in the Aegean.
- proper n. A modern Greek prefecture in the eastern part of the Aegean that includes the island along with the islands of Icaria and Fourni.
From Ancient Greek Σάμος (Samos). (Wiktionary)