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Madagascar

[mad-uh-gas-ker]
noun
  1. 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.
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Related formsMad·a·gas·can, noun, adjectivepro-Mad·a·gas·can, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of madagascan

  • A successful pirate in the days of the Madagascan sea-rovers.

    The Pirates' Who's Who

    Philip Gosse

  • The Madagascan servant of Balcom answered in the absence of his master.

    The Master Mystery

    Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

  • 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.

    The Master Mystery

    Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

  • Then he went directly to the Madagascan, whose overbearing air of assurance immediately forsook him at the Chinaman's approach.

    The Master Mystery

    Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey


British Dictionary definitions for madagascan

Madagascan

adjective
  1. of or relating to Madagascar or its inhabitants
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Madagascar
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Madagascar

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for madagascan

Madagascar

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.

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madagascan in Culture

Madagascar

[(mad-uh-gas-kuhr)]

Island republic in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. Its capital and largest city is Antananarivo.

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Note

The island of Madagascar is the fourth largest in the world.

Note

Madagascar was under French control from the late nineteenth century until 1960, when it gained full independence. Its culture mixes European, African, and South Asian influences.
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