Pronunciation: (mad"u-gas'kur), [key]
an island republic in the Indian Ocean, about 240 mi. (385 km) off the SE coast of Africa: formerly a French colony; gained independence 1960. 8,000,000; 227,800 sq. mi. (590,000 sq. km). Cap.: Antananarivo. Formerly, Malagasy Republic.
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