Formosa

Formosa

[fawr-moh-suh]
noun
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Formosa (fɔːˈməʊsə)
 
n
the former name of Taiwan

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Formosa
old name of Taiwan, given by Portuguese, from Port. Formosa insula "beautiful island," from fem. of L. formosus "beautiful."
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