geographical name island W Indian Ocean off SE Africa; formerly a French territory; became (1958) a republic of the French Community as the Malagasy Republic (or French République Malgache) ; name changed to Madagascar 1975 capital Antananarivo area 226,657 square miles (589,308 square kilometers), population 13,255,000 • Madagascan adjective or noun

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  • Madagascar — Madagascar, bei den Eingeborenen Nossindambo, bei den Arabern Dschesira el Komr, die größte afrikan. Insel (10500 QM.), von dem Festland durch die Straße von Mozambique getrennt, wird der Länge nach von einem bis 12000 ansteigenden Gebirge… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Madagascar — er en ø på 590.000 kvadratkilometer. Det er Jordens fjerde største ø. Øen er befolket af mennesker af blandet afrikansk og indonesisk herkomst …   Danske encyklopædi

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