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(Placename) the former name of Taiwan


(fɔrˈmoʊ sə)

the former name of Taiwan.
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Noun1.Formosa - an island in southeastern Asia 100 miles off the coast of mainland China in the South China SeaFormosa - an island in southeastern Asia 100 miles off the coast of mainland China in the South China Sea
South China Sea - a tropical arm of the Pacific Ocean near southeastern Asia subject to frequent typhoons
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Now, from the South and West the Pequod was drawing nigh to Formosa and the Bashee Isles, between which lies one of the tropical outlets from the China waters into the Pacific.
towards the island of Formosa, as much afraid of being seen by a Dutch or English merchant ship as a Dutch or English merchant ship in the Mediterranean is of an Algerine man- of-war.
When we were thus got to sea, we kept on NE., as if we would go to the Manillas or the Philippine Islands; and this we did that we might not fall into the way of any of the European ships; and then we steered north, till we came to the latitude of 22 degrees 30 seconds, by which means we made the island of Formosa directly, where we came to an anchor, in order to get water and fresh provisions, which the people there, who are very courteous in their manners, supplied us with willingly, and dealt very fairly and punctually with us in all their agreements and bargains.
The Tankadere entered the Straits of Fo-Kien, which separate the island of Formosa from the Chinese coast, in the small hours of the night, and crossed the Tropic of Cancer.
1922, and in seven bloody months Manchuria, Korea, and Formosa were taken away from her and she was hurled back, bankrupt, to stifle in her tiny, crowded islands.
A cross swell had set in from the direction of Formosa Channel about ten o'clock, without disturbing these passengers much, because the Nan-Shan, with her flat bottom, rolling chocks on bilges, and great breadth of beam, had the reputation of an exceptionally steady ship in a sea-way.
ENPNewswire-August 21, 2019--Jan De Nul Group - All foundations on Formosa Phase installed
Los Angeles, CA, August 01, 2019 --( Formosa Group, an industry leader and top creative innovator in post-production sound and music, announced today that pedigreed music editor and composer Joseph DeBeasi will be joining Formosa Group's thriving Music department, which includes many of the industry's current top-tier music experts.
The Formosa Alliance officially transformed itself into a political party Saturday (July 20) but said it was not planning to name a candidate for the January 2020 presidential election.
NAI Mertz announced Bobbi Jean Formosa has joined the firm as its executive vice president and managing director, providing operational oversight for the firm's four offices in Mount Laurel and throughout Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Bucks County and Wilkes-Barre.