Variant of Madagascar
- large island in the Indian Ocean, off the SE coast of Africa
- country comprising this island and nearby islands: discovered by the Portuguese (1500), it became a French protectorate (1895), colony (1896), & a republic (Malagasy Republic) of the French Community; it became fully independent (1960); since 1975, the : 226,658 sq mi (587,042 sq km); pop. 13,469,000; cap. Antananarivo
- Madagascan adjective, noun
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