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a city in and the capital of Madagascar, in the central part.
an island republic in the Indian Ocean, about 240 miles (385 km) off the SE coast of Africa: formerly a French colony; gained independence 1960. 227,800 sq. mi. (590,000 sq. km).
Capital: Antananarivo.
Historical Examples

Their capital city of Antananarivo, in the center of the island, is a well-built city of over 100,000 inhabitants.
St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 8, May 1886, No. 7. Various

They have built a magnificent cathedral, which is the glory and pride of Antananarivo.
Shadow and Light Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

She was told that, at Antananarivo, about three hundred people were killed by lightning every year.
The Story of Ida Pfeiffer Anonymous

Madame Pfeiffer, and the other six Europeans then in Antananarivo, were ordered to quit the capital immediately.
Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century W. H. Davenport Adams

She ordered the captives to be chained and sent off at once to Antananarivo.
The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne

the capital of Madagascar, on the central plateau: founded in the 17th century by a Hova chief; university (1961). Pop: 1 808 000 (2005 est) Former name Tananarive
an island republic in the Indian Ocean, off the E coast of Africa: made a French protectorate in 1895; became autonomous in 1958 and fully independent in 1960; contains unique flora and fauna. Languages: Malagasy and French. Religions: animist and Christian. Currency: franc. Capital: Antananarivo. Pop: 22 599 098 (2013 est). Area: 587 041 sq km (266 657 sq miles) Official name (since 1975) Democratic Republic of Madagascar Former name (1958–75) Malagasy Republic

large island off the east coast of Africa, from Mogadishu, the name of the city in Somalia, due to an error by Marco Polo in reading Arabic, whereby he thought the name was that of the island. There is no indigenous name for the whole island. Related: Madagascan.
Madagascar [(mad-uh-gas-kuhr)]

Island republic in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. Its capital and largest city is Antananarivo.

Note: The island of Madagascar is the fourth largest in the world.

Note: Madagascar was under French control from the late nineteenth century until 1960, when it gained full independence. Its culture mixes European, African, and South Asian influences.


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