Definition of Madagascar

1. Noun. A republic on the island of Madagascar; achieved independence from France in 1960.

Exact synonyms: Malagasy Republic, Republic Of Madagascar
Generic synonyms: African Country, African Nation
Terms within: Antananarivo, Capital Of Madagascar
Group relationships: Africa
Member holonyms: Madagascan
Derivative terms: Madagascan

2. Noun. An island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa; the 4th largest island in the world.
Terms within: Malagasy Republic, Republic Of Madagascar
Group relationships: Indian Ocean
Generic synonyms: Island
Derivative terms: Madagascan

Definition of Madagascar

1. Proper noun. A country and island of the east coast of Africa with capital Antananarivo. Official name: Republic of Madagascar. ¹

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Medical Definition of Madagascar

1. One of the indian ocean islands off the southeast coast of africa. Its capital is antananarivo. It was formerly called the malagasy republic. Discovered by the portuguese in 1500, its history has been tied predominantly to the french, becoming a french protectorate in 1882, a french colony in 1896, and a territory within the french union in 1946. The malagasy republic was established in the french community in 1958 but it achieved independence in 1960. Its name was changed to madagascar in 1975. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Madagascar

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mad as a cut snake
mad as a fish
mad as a hatter
mad cow
mad dogs and Englishmen
mad for it
mad hatter
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mad money
mad scientist
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madagascar (current term)

Literary usage of Madagascar

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1. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1903)
"1054, madagascar :—Porte and anchorages in the northern portion. 1064, madagascar :—Plans ... 680, madagascar:—Anchorages on the east coast of madagascar. ..."

2. Nature by Nature Publishing Group, Norman Lockyer (1879)
"During the last ten years much light has been thrown upon the physical geography of madagascar, principally through the researches of M. Alfred Grandidier, ..."

3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1879)
"Although only seen by Europeans within the last 380 years, the great African island of madagascar has been known to the Árabe for many centuries, ..."

4. The Geographical Distribution of Animals: With a Study of the Relations of by Alfred Russel Wallace (1876)
"Extinct fauna of the Mascarene Islands and madagascar.—Before quitting the vertebrate groups, we must notice the remarkable birds which have become extinct ..."

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