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[mal-uh-gas-ee] /ˌmæl əˈgæs i/

noun, plural Malagasy, Malagasies for 1.
a member of any of various peoples native to the island of Madagascar.
the Austronesian language of Madagascar.
(pl) -gasy, -gasies. a native or inhabitant of Madagascar
the official language of Madagascar belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
of or relating to Madagascar, its people, or their language

“pertaining to Madagascar,” large island off the coast of Africa, 1835, apparently a native alteration of Madagascar.


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