- a gazelle, Procapra picticaudata, of the Tibetan plateau.
Origin of goa
1840–50; < Tibetan gowa (spelling dgo ba)
- state of W India, on the Arabian Sea. A former Portuguese colony, it was later (1961–87) part of the union territory of Goa, Daman, and Diu. 1426 sq. mi. (3693 sq. km). Capital: Panaji (Panjim).
- a former Portuguese overseas territory on the W coast of India, consisting of the districts of Gôa, Daman, and Diu: annexed by India December 1961. Capital: Gôa.
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Examples from the Web for goa
In 2011, Goa's former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco was sentenced to a year's imprisonment for slapping an official.Indian Official: 'Civil Servants are Lazy' and 'Hitting them is Justified'
April 9, 2013
Maybe they are the sort who will escape to Goa and fall into drug addiction when their military service is over?My Gaza Flotilla Diary
June 4, 2010
Both the ancient and modern cities of Goa have been built on its banks.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Every priest in Goa prayed that he might be sent on the mission.
I fear, if she is alive, that his wife in Goa is a “grass widow” to this day.
Among the most important were Goa and Cochym and others on the coast of Ceylon.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
He goa a fall out of you, Silas, in your room, after the show.The Crisis, Complete
- a gazelle, Procapra picticaudata, inhabiting the plains of the Tibetan plateau, having a brownish-grey coat and backward-curving horns
C19: from Tibetan dgoba
- a state on the W coast of India: a Portuguese overseas territory from 1510 until annexed by India in 1961. Capital: Panjim (or Panaji). Pop: 1 343 998 (2001). Area: 3702 sq km (1430 sq miles)
- a former Portuguese overseas province on the W coast of India, consisting of Goa, Daman, and Diu: established between 1505 and 1510; annexed by India in 1961
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Word Origin and History for goa
former Portuguese colony in India, from local goe mat "fertile land."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper