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A state of west-central India on the Malabar Coast. Formerly a Portuguese colony (1510-1961), it was annexed by India in 1962 and formed a constituent part of the union territory of Goa, Daman, and Diu until 1987.

Go′an, Go′a·nese′ (-nēz′, -nēs′) adj. & n.


A brownish-gray gazelle (Procapra picticaudata) native to the Tibetan Plateau, having a short tail with a black tip and backward-curving horns in the male. Also called Tibetan gazelle.

[Tibetan dgoba.]
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(Animals) a gazelle, Procapra picticaudata, inhabiting the plains of the Tibetan plateau, having a brownish-grey coat and backward-curving horns
[C19: from Tibetan dgoba]


(Placename) 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)
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(ˈgoʊ ə)

n., pl. go•as.
a Tibetan gazelle, Procapra picticaudata.
[1840–50; < Tibetan gowa (sp. dgo ba)]


(ˈgoʊ ə)

a state in SW India, on the Arabian Sea: formerly a part of Portuguese India; then part of the union territory of Goa, Daman, and Diu (1961–87). 1,169,763; 1429 sq. mi. (3702 sq. km). Cap.: Panaji.

Go′a, Daman′, and Di′u

a former territory of India, in the W part: now divided into the state of Goa, and the territory of Daman and Diu.
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Noun1.goa - a state of southwestern IndiaGoa - a state of southwestern India; a former Portuguese colony
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
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The former, when he had deposited his burden, took a critical survey of the room, and in cracked tones grated out - 'Aw wonder how yah can faishion to stand thear i' idleness un war, when all on 'ems goan out!
There are very few Goans, so the May Queen and its pageant is open to all nationalities.
This was an effort to just bring Goans together as we don't have anyone speaking our local language - Konkani.
He said the government sector in the state was "over employed" and the administration was willing to relax rules and give incentives to enable the private entities to provide more jobs to Goans.
Raul reads from the documents written in Portuguese, as he and Ramona belong to that generation of Goans who spoke the language, reading and writing it as well.
Organised by the Young Goans Club, the Bandra Fair is taking place at Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant in Adliya on September 12, starting from midday.
During the 16th and 17th centuries thousands of Goans, both Hindus and Christians, left Goa to escape religious and cultural persecution.
Fidning Fanny is an English Konkani satirical film about five Goans taking a road trip to look for a missing girl called Fanny.
This article examines the postcolonial identities of a particular sub-group in the South Asian diaspora: Catholic Goans in Canada.
Several Goans wrote in English as well as Portuguese.
Panaji, March 22 -- The Goa Music Festival (Facebook.com/Goa.Music.Festival) which kicks off on Easter Sunday - 8th April with the first grand inaugural event at Elephant Art Cafe, Anjuna Beach is set to rock and shake Goa and Goans out of the hot summer sun-induced lethargy.