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[fawr-moh-suh] /fɔrˈmoʊ sə/

the former name of Taiwan

old name of Taiwan, given by Portuguese, from Portuguese Formosa insula “beautiful island,” from fem. of Latin formosus “beautiful, handsome, finely formed,” from forma (see form (n.)).


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  • Formosus

    [fawr-moh-suh s] /fɔrˈmoʊ səs/ noun 1. a.d. c816–896, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 891–896.

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