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.


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From Ancient Greek Σάμος (Samos).


  • However, I can manage to cut off one of these pernicious tentacles of ignorance by referring to dear Strabo who had long ago alluded to a connection between the name Samos and words for 'high' Strab., Geo.

    How many fingers do you see?

  • (M450) While these great events were transpiring in Bœotia, the fleet of the Greeks, after the battle of Salamis, undertook to rescue Samos from the Persians, and secure the independence of the Ionian cities in Asia.

    Ancient States and Empires

  • Samos is lovely, but if you’re going that far you might as well just go to the Turkish coast.

    calling in favours

  • Scala Nova had much interest to me, as I was completely able to appreciate the conduct of the Captain Pacha with regard to his pitiful attempt on the island of Samos, which is distant about twenty miles.

    Charles Philip Yorke, Fourth Earl of Hardwicke, Vice-Admiral R.N.

  • We found a new favorite cheese, Samos, which is like spreadable laughing cow but 10x better. TravelStream? ? Recent Entries at

  • He replied that he wished Samos to be restored to him: "Samos," said he,

    Darius the Great Makers of History

  • A little beyond it, by the brink of the cliffs, was another post, called Samos, held by seventy men with four cannon; and, beyond this again, the heights of Sillery were guarded by a hundred and thirty men, also with cannon. [

    Montcalm and Wolfe

  • "This was to be fitted to the two-ton satellite the Americans called 'Samos III' -- 'Samos' for 'Satellite and Missile Observation System.'

    Ice Station Zebra

  • In frustration, they sailed to the nearby island of Samos for supplies and then struck at Miletus again.

    Alexander the Great

  • Aristarchus of Samos, who first theorized that the sun was the center of the solar system and the earth revolved on its own axis, was resident in the city, as was the geographer and polymath Eratosthenes of Cyrene, who calculated the circumference of the earth with great accuracy.

    Alexander the Great


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