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[mal-uh-gas-ee] /ˌmæl əˈgæs i/
noun, plural Malagasy, Malagasies for 1.
a member of any of various peoples native to the island of Madagascar.
the Austronesian language of Madagascar. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Are we to include this in Ethiopia or speak of a Malagasy region?

    Earthworms and their Allies Frank E. Beddard
  • “Nothing here,” said the leading man, of course in Malagasy.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • Malagasy sovereigns had been in the habit of making such progresses from time to time in former years.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • Of course Mark said this in remarkably bad Malagasy, but Mamba understood.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • Since the French occupation of Madagascar, the Malagasy problem has naturally been revived.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • The host smiled as he turned over the leaves of a Malagasy hymn-book.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • My Malagasy words are few, but love does not require many words!

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • Simple as is the clothing of the Malagasy, their food is not less simple.

  • These two mixed races comprise in themselves several varieties, but all bear the common denomination of Malagasy or Madecassy.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • The Malagasy word for crocodile is mamba, and thus the child came by his name, with the usual prefix, Ra-Mamba.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for Malagasy


(pl) -gasy, -gasies. a native or inhabitant of Madagascar
the official language of Madagascar belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
of or relating to Madagascar, its people, or their language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Malagasy

"pertaining to Madagascar," large island off the coast of Africa, 1835, apparently a native alteration of Madagascar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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