Egadi Islands


Egadi Islands

▪ islands, Italy
Italian  Isole Egadi,  also called  Aegadian Islands,  Latin  Aegates Insulae,  

      small mountainous group of islets belonging to Italy, in the Mediterranean just off the western coast of Sicily, with a total area of 15 square miles (39 square km). The principal islands are Favignana, the largest (7 square miles [18 square km]), Levanzo, and Marettimo. In the Battle of the Aegates in 241 BC, the Carthaginian fleet was defeated there by the Roman fleet under Gaius Lutatius Catulus, signaling the end of the First Punic War. Excavations in the Egadi have revealed traces (rare in Sicily) of Paleolithic habitation, most notably the cave paintings in the Genovese Grotto on Levanzo. The islands have important tuna fisheries and administratively comprise Favignana commune of Trapani province, Sicily.

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  • Egadi Islands — noun a group of islands off the west coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean • Syn: ↑Aegadean Isles, ↑Aegadean Islands, ↑Isole Egadi, ↑Aegates • Instance Hypernyms: ↑island • Part Holonyms: ↑Sicily …   Useful english dictionary

  • Egadi Islands — or ancient Aegates Islands geographical name islands Italy off W coast of Sicily area 15 square miles (39 square kilometers), population 4335 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Egadi — /eg euh dee/; It., /e gah dee/, n. a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of W Sicily. 15 sq. mi. (39 sq. km). Also called Aegadian Islands, Aegadean Islands. Ancient, Aegates. * * * …   Universalium

  • Egadi — /eg euh dee/; It., /e gah dee/, n. a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of W Sicily. 15 sq. mi. (39 sq. km). Also called Aegadian Islands, Aegadean Islands. Ancient, Aegates …   Useful english dictionary

  • Egadi — E•ga•di [[t]ˈɛg ə di[/t]] n. pl. geg a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of W Sicily. 15 sq. mi. (39 sq. km) Also called Aegadian Islands Ancient, Aegates …   From formal English to slang

  • Aegadian Islands — noun ɪˈɡeɪdiən ˈaɪlændz A group of islands located off the western coast of Sicily. In the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas lie several archipelagos of small Italian islands, some measuring only a few hundred meters across: the Pontine Islands,… …   Wiktionary

  • Aegadean Islands — noun a group of islands off the west coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean • Syn: ↑Egadi Islands, ↑Aegadean Isles, ↑Isole Egadi, ↑Aegates • Instance Hypernyms: ↑island • Part Holonyms: ↑Sicily …   Useful english dictionary

  • Isole Egadi — noun a group of islands off the west coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean • Syn: ↑Egadi Islands, ↑Aegadean Isles, ↑Aegadean Islands, ↑Aegates • Instance Hypernyms: ↑island • Part Holonyms: ↑Si …   Useful english dictionary

  • Aegates Islands — geographical name see Egadi Islands …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Aegadian Islands — The Aegadian Islands (Italian: Isole Egadi ; Latin: Aegates Insulae ), are a group of small mountainous islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the northwest coast of Sicily, Italy, near the city of Trapani, with a total area of… …   Wikipedia


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