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An island country in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa. It was peopled by Indonesian and African groups by the end of the sixth century bc. The French first established settlements on the island in 1642 and made it a colony in 1896. The country gained full independence as the Malagasy Republic in 1960 and was renamed Madagascar in 1975. Antananarivo is the capital and the largest city.
Mad′a·gas′can adj. & n.
1. (Placename) of or relating to Madagascar or its inhabitants
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Madagascar or its inhabitants
(Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Madagascar
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|Noun||1.||Madagascan - a native or inhabitant of Madagascar|
Madagascar, Malagasy Republic, Republic of Madagascar - a republic on the island of Madagascar; achieved independence from France in 1960
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
|Adj.||1.||Madagascan - of or relating to Madagascar or its people; "Madagascan pepper"|
adj → madegassisch
n → Madegasse m, → Madegassin f