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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.
(Placename) 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
Mad•a•gas•car(ˌmæd əˈgæs kər)
an island republic in the Indian Ocean, about 240 mi. (385 km) off the SE coast of Africa: formerly a French colony; gained independence 1960. 14,873,387; 226,657 sq. mi. (587,041 sq. km). Cap.: Antananarivo. Formerly, Malagasy Republic.
Mad`a•gas′can, n., adj.
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|Noun||1.||Madagascar - a republic on the island of Madagascar; achieved independence from France in 1960|
Madagascar - an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa; the 4th largest island in the world
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Madagascan - a native or inhabitant of Madagascar
|2.||Madagascar - an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa; the 4th largest island in the world|
Madagascar, Malagasy Republic, Republic of Madagascar - a republic on the island of Madagascar; achieved independence from France in 1960
Indian Ocean - the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean to the south
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