- 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 madagascar
An outbreak in Madagascar, where the disease is endemic, already has involved more than 100 people and killed almost half.
A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people so far, and due to antibiotic resistance, it could kill many more.
The current Madagascar outbreak is of particular concern for two reasons.
Sure, the Adélie penguins in Penguins of Madagascar look cute.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
And there were endless, additional chapters of Step Up, Ice Age, Madagascar, Men in Black—what am I forgetting?‘The Bourne Legacy’ Starring Jeremy Renner: 7 Reasons to See It!
August 10, 2012
He was the one who was so busy with the pirates down Madagascar way.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
She passed outside Madagascar and Mauritius without a glimpse of the land.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
I'm in it now, and if you'd put it off, I'd been in Kalamazoo or Madagascar, and missed it all.Miss Pat at School
It is 550 miles east of Madagascar, which lies off the east coast of Africa.
Angræcum, orchid of Madagascar, with nectary eleven inches long, 219.My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
- 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 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.