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1A native or inhabitant of Madagascar.
- ‘Over on the mainland, one in five adults has the virus, while less than 1% of Malagasies are infected.’
- ‘This it just the beginning though, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Malagasy, helping them to produce even finer quality origin chocolate over the coming years.’
- ‘The Malagasy giant rat is threatened by habitat loss and competition from introduced black rats.’
- ‘We knew that when the French were present, the Malagasies occupied the west side of the island, near the wreck.’
- ‘But many Malagasies are not aware of the important role chameleons play in their forest habitat.’
- ‘Therefore, the educational system copied from that of France had the task of training Malagasies to replace French trained professionals.’
- ‘To ask the Malagasies to go to a second round now would be totally incomprehensible to them…’
- ‘Twenty young Canadians travel to Madagascar to work with Malagasies on researching and developing ideas to help protect Madagascar's unique eco-systems.’
- ‘His hope is to help the Malagasies be more, well, Malagasy.’
- ‘The Malagasy however still take pride in their ancient royal history and institutions.’
- ‘Some Malagasies believe that these original inhabitants still live in the deepest recesses of the forest.’
- ‘Scholars believe the Malagasy have a combination of Indonesian, Malayo-Polynesian, and African roots.’
- ‘It's almost like they are mascots in Madagascar, they are what most people, including the Malagasy, think of when they think of Madagascar because they are unique to the island.’
- ‘The rebels themselves were responsible for the deaths of 550 Europeans and of approximately 1,900 Malagasies.’
- ‘During the Second World War, Malagasies organized courses in law and established the Law Examinations Center.’
- ‘They promised him that they would ask the President of the French Republic to free the Malagasies.’
- ‘Seventy percent of Malagasies live below the poverty line, surviving on less than 1 dollars a day.’
- ‘The Malagasy, as the inhabitants of the island are known, are mainly descended from the Malay / Indonesian and Polynesian seafarers who were the first arrivals somewhere around 500 ad.’
- ‘Since Noel often spoke disparagingly of the Malagasy, I was surprised to see him courting a young woman from this family.’
- ‘Between them, they provided the Malagasy with the Bible in their own language.’
2mass noun The Austronesian language of Madagascar, a group of dialects spoken by some 10 million people.
- ‘In the classroom, Malagasy replaced French as the language of instruction and lessons focused on Malagasy, rather than French, culture and history.’
- ‘From the 15th century to 1823, Malagasy was written with the Arabic Ajami script or Sorabe.’
- ‘Other languages of this type may include Albanian, Malagasy, and Toba Batak.’
- ‘I might skip French this time and jump straight to Malagasy.’
- ‘Campbell is not only fluent in Malagasy, but also in the less familiar European languages (Welsh, Norwegian) in which some of these records are written.’
Relating to Madagascar or its people or language.
- ‘The juxtaposition of text and imagery was a cause for much joking among my Malagasy friends and informants.’
- ‘Up to 7 species of Malagasy warblers may co-occur at the same site; up to 5-6 can be in the same mixed species flock.’
- ‘Worn this way, it becomes a decorative accessory essential to one's highland Malagasy identity.’
- ‘They have in-depth understanding of the subject matter and solid mastering of the Malagasy language including its spelling, grammar, and cultural appropriateness.’
- ‘Besides brick buildings, the missionaries introduced Christianity and formal education, and devised a written version of the Malagasy language.’
- ‘A glossary of Malagasy terms and the bibliography at the end of the book are a gold mine for anyone wishing to learn more about the material culture of Madagascar.’
- ‘The Malagasy language belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages.’
- ‘But spontaneous violence does not appear to be part of the Malagasy way.’
- ‘The locals renamed their nation the Malagasy Republic, and elected Philibert Tsiranana President.’
- ‘But then you could spend decades of your life here without fully grasping the complex minutiae of the Malagasy existence.’
- ‘Several Malagasy doctors and theological professors have served and are serving as missionaries in Cameroon and Papua New Guinea.’
- ‘For seven days we lived the life of traditional Malagasy fishermen.’
- ‘The flowers are usually identified as poinsettia, which in the Malagasy language is Madagasikara, the local name for Madagascar.’
- ‘The effect is that of a sophisticated and exotic storytelling folk music sung in the Malagasy language.’
- ‘Onshore, scout for lemurs in the rainforest with Malagasy guides.’
- ‘Mahore identity is based on Comorian, Malagasy, French, and Creole cultural traits.’
- ‘Like many Malagasy musicians, he was exposed to numerous divergent musical influences from within Madagascar and Africa in general.’
- ‘The lamba hearty, then, continues to be a means of signaling a distinct Malagasy identity, within Madagascar and abroad.’
- ‘Visitors who linger in Madagascar often come to view even ominous setbacks with a Malagasy nonchalance.’
- ‘Its vocabulary is mostly French, with a few Malagasy, Bantu, English, and Hindi words.’
Variant of Madagascar; earlier forms included Malegass, Madegass, because of dialect division between the sounds -l- and -d-.
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