Goa

[goh-uh]
noun
  1. 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).
Formerly Gô·a.

Portuguese India

noun
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for gôa

goa

noun
  1. a gazelle, Procapra picticaudata, inhabiting the plains of the Tibetan plateau, having a brownish-grey coat and backward-curving horns

Word Origin for goa

C19: from Tibetan dgoba

Goa

noun
  1. 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)

Portuguese India

noun
  1. 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 gôa

Goa

former Portuguese colony in India, from local goe mat "fertile land."

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