Formosa

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese Ilha Formosa (Beautiful Isle), from formosa (beautiful), from Latin fōrmōsus (beautifully formed), from fōrma (form, shape) + the adjective suffix -ōsus (full of).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /fɔːˈməʊ.sə/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /fɔɹˈmoʊ.sə/, /fɔɹˈmoʊ.zə/
  • Rhymes: -əʊsə

Proper noun[edit]

Formosa

  1. The island of Taiwan
    Synonym: Taiwan
    • 1625, Samuel Purchas, Pvrchas His Pilgrimes[1], volume I, London, OCLC 219967499, page 652:
      Heere we had the higheſt Land of Formoſa, South-eaſt, the neereſt land about eight leagues off, the neather point of it Eaſt by North ten leagues off our depth, fortie ſixe fathomes ozie : the latitude twentie fiue degree twentie minutes. From the high Land of Formoſa, ſtretcheth out a lower Land to the water-ſide, being a white ſandy ſhoare, and ſmooth ſand Hils farther vp the Countrey, much like to the Coaſt of Barbary.
    • 1669, Nievhoff, John, John Ogilby, transl., An Embassy from the Eaſt-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperour of China[2], London: John Macock, OCLC 561227535, page 16:
      The Iſland Formoſa, or the fair Iſland doth alſo belong to this Province ; as likewiſe the near adjacent Iſland called Teiwan, which the Hollanders poſſeſs, who have built a Fort there called new Zealand.
    • 1684, A New and Particular Relation of the Kingdom of Tunquin[3], page 57:
      THE Iſland of Formoſa is about Eighty Leagues in compaſs ; ſo that the Hollanders were never in poſſeſſion of the whole Iſland, but were onely Maſters of four Fortreſſes, and two and fifty Villages, wherein they could number about fourteen or fifteen thouſand Inhabitants.
    • 1950 September 1, Truman, Harry S., MP72-73 Korea and World Peace: President Truman Reports to the People[4], Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162, 3:42 from the start:
      We do not want Formosa or any part of Asia for ourselves. We believe that the future of Formosa should be settled peacefully by international action.
    • 1960, Presidential Candidates Debate[5], 56:02 from the start:
      These two islands are in the area of freedom. The Nationalists have these two islands. We should not force our Nationalist allies to get off of them and give them to the Communists. If we do that, we start a chain reaction, because the Communists aren't after Quemoy and Matsu, they're after Formosa.
    • 1963, Dwight Eisenhower, Mandate for Change 1953-1956[6], Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, LCCN 63-18447, OCLC 64309101, page 168:
      The developing scene had ominous aspects. The Chinese Communists were constantly threatening aggressive action against Formosa and the government of Chiang Kai-shek. Ever since World War II, the United States had recognized the strategic necessity of maintaining the integrity of the Western Pacific island chain, including Formosa as one of its principal links. Our readiness to go to the defense of that island, if it were attacked, had been announced as a governmental policy before I was inaugurated, and I had personally emphasized the importance of this island's safety to our nation's security.
  2. A province in northern Argentina.
  3. A city in Argentina, capital of Formosa Province.

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Finnish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Formosa

  1. (dated) Formosa (old name of Taiwan)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of Formosa (Kotus type 10/koira, no gradation)
nominative Formosa
genitive Formosan
partitive Formosaa
illative Formosaan
singular plural
nominative Formosa
accusative nom. Formosa
gen. Formosan
genitive Formosan
partitive Formosaa
inessive Formosassa
elative Formosasta
illative Formosaan
adessive Formosalla
ablative Formosalta
allative Formosalle
essive Formosana
translative Formosaksi
instructive
abessive Formosatta
comitative
Possessive forms of Formosa (type koira)
possessor singular plural
1st person Formosani Formosamme
2nd person Formosasi Formosanne
3rd person Formosansa

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Formosa

  1. A surname​.

Portuguese[edit]

Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pt

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Etymology[edit]

From formosa (beautiful).

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Formosa f

  1. Formosa, Taiwan (an island of Taiwan in the Pacific)
    Synonym: Taiwan

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /foɾˈmosa/, [foɾˈmo.sa]
Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia es

Proper noun[edit]

Formosa ?

  1. Formosa (province)

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