Definition of Madagascar in English:

Madagascar

Syllabification: Mad·a·gas·car
Pronunciation: /ˌmadəˈɡaskər
 
/
An island country in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa; population 20,653,600 (est. 2009); capital, Antananarivo; official languages, Malagasy and French.

Settled by peoples of mixed Indo-Melanesian and African descent, Madagascar was visited by the Portuguese in 1500 but resisted colonization until the French established control in 1896. It regained its independence as the Malagasy Republic in 1960 and changed its name back to Madagascar in 1975. It is the fourth largest island in the world, and many of its plants and animals are unique to the island

Derivatives

Madagascan

Pronunciation: /-ˈɡaskən/
adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Njava is a group of three brothers and two sisters from Madagascar whose repertoire is based in Madagascan ceremonial music but honed by the group through incorporation of Asian and Western influences.
  • The Fianarantsoa Côte Est Railroad serves as the only means of transportation for the more than a hundred thousand rural Madagascan farmers who live between the highland city of Fianarantsoa and the eastern port of Manakara.
  • Perhaps the best-known tale of Darwin and orchids comes from his study of the Madagascan comet orchid, whose long nectary led him to correctly predict the existence of a moth pollinator with an eleven-inch proboscis.

Definition of Madagascar in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day inamorata
Pronunciation: ɪˌnaməˈrɑːtə
noun
a person's female lover