[fawr-moh-suh] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for formosa

Historical Examples of formosa

  • They raise the cane and make sugar in Formosa and the southern provinces.

  • Rice paper is made of the pith of a tree found only in Formosa.

  • All civilians on the islands who wished to go to Formosa were taken there.

    The Golden Judge

    Nathaniel Gordon

  • The Empress of Formosa will dock on Monday—about—nine in the morning.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • Can this scene be duplicated in Formosa and Korea, where the Japanese hold sway?

British Dictionary definitions for formosa


  1. the former name of Taiwan
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Word Origin and History for formosa


old name of Taiwan, given by Portuguese, from Portuguese Formosa insula "beautiful island," from fem. of Latin formosus "beautiful, handsome, finely formed," from forma (see form (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper