- an island republic in the Indian Ocean, about 240 miles (385 km) off the SE coast of Africa: formerly a French colony; gained independence 1960. 227,800 sq. mi. (590,000 sq. km). Capital: Antananarivo.
Examples from the Web for madagascan
A successful pirate in the days of the Madagascan sea-rovers.The Pirates' Who's Who
The Madagascan servant of Balcom answered in the absence of his master.
But I will not longer dwell on Madagascan peculiarities, many of which, as elsewhere, are not chastening.Shadow and Light
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
At a motion from the Automaton a dark-skinned Madagascan stepped forward and lighted the five candles.
Then he went directly to the Madagascan, whose overbearing air of assurance immediately forsook him at the Chinaman's approach.
- of or relating to Madagascar or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Madagascar
- an island republic in the Indian Ocean, off the E coast of Africa: made a French protectorate in 1895; became autonomous in 1958 and fully independent in 1960; contains unique flora and fauna. Languages: Malagasy and French. Religions: animist and Christian. Currency: franc. Capital: Antananarivo. Pop: 22 599 098 (2013 est). Area: 587 041 sq km (266 657 sq miles)Official name (since 1975): Democratic Republic of Madagascar Former name (1958–75): Malagasy Republic
Word Origin and History for madagascan
large island off the east coast of Africa, from Mogadishu, the name of the city in Somalia, due to an error by Marco Polo in reading Arabic, whereby he thought the name was that of the island. There is no indigenous name for the whole island. Related: Madagascan.