Madagascar definitions

măd'ə-găs'kər
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.
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Large island in the Indian Ocean, off the SE coast of Africa.
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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 Democratic Republic of Madagascar: 226,657 sq mi (587,040 sq km); cap. Antananarivo.
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