Formosa

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[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/
  • (file)
  • (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, 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, John Nievhoff, translated by John Ogilby, An Embassy from the Eaſt-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperour of China[2], London: John Macock, →OCLC, 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, Harry S. Truman, 3:42 from the start, in MP72-73 Korea and World Peace: President Truman Reports to the People[4], Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162:
      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, 56:02 from the start, in Presidential Candidates Debate[5], Richard Nixon (actor), via C-SPAN:
      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, →OCLC, 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.
    • 1984, Anton Bilek, “Anton Bilek”, in Studs Terkel, editor, "The Good War": An Oral History of World War Two[7], New York: Pantheon Books, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 84:
      When our airplanes first took off that morning, the Japs did come in. They hit the city of Baguio in the northern part of Luzon, and then went back to Formosa.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Formosa.
  2. An insular province of China. [from late 19th c.]
    Synonym: Taiwan
    1. (historical) A province of the Qing (Ching) dynasty (Manchu). [from late 19th c.]
      • 1887 April 6, “A Camphor Monopoly.”, in Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter[8], volume XXXI, number 14, →OCLC, page 56, column 1:
        A new broom is not more active for reform than this new governor-general is in the new province of Formosa.
      • 1895, Verbal Discussions During Peace Negotiations Between the Chinese Plenipotentiary, Viceroy Li Hung-chang and the Japanese Plenipotentiaries Count Ito and Viscount Mutsu, at Shimonoseki, Japan[9], →OCLC, page 22, column 1:
        H. E. Li.—We can say in the Treaty "In respect to the province of Formosa, when the Treaty has been ratified and exchanged the two Governments shall draw up the conditions for the transfer."
      • 1915, William Campbell, Sketches from Formosa[10], Marshall Brothers Limited, →OCLC, →OL, page 261:
        UNTIL 1895, Formosa formed the nineteenth and only insular province of China, but after coming briefly under a Republican form of government, it became an integral part of the Empire of Japan.
      • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Formosa.
    2. A province of the Republic of China. [from 20th c.]
      • 1961 January 28, The Economist[11], →ISSN, →OCLC, page 330, column 2; republished as Current, 1961 March, pages 22-23:
        Economically, the island is already far better off (with massive American aid) than it would be if it were incorporated into Communist China, and it would be better off still (and less of a burden to the American taxpayer) if its people were not required to support two governments and two civil services—one for the Chinese mainland, and the other for the province of Formosa—and an army of more than half a million, whose raison d’étre continues to be the reconquest of the mainland.
      • 1963, Sheppard Glass, “Some Aspects of Formosa's Economic Growth”, in Mark Mancall, editor, Formosa Today[12], Frederick A. Praeger, published 1964, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 80:
        Government population policy has for the most part been notable for its absence, and few leading Nationalists have publicly admitted the problem. Indeed, in 1959, in an interview with a western correspondent, Chou Chih-jou, then Governor of Formosa (province), complained that population growth was “ his most serious problem ” but his administration was hamstrung by the stand taken against artificial birth control by the central government in Taipei and the ruling Nationalist party.
      • 1994, C.M. (Bud) Fraser, “Preface”, in China Revisited[13], New York: Carlton Press, Inc., →ISBN, →OCLC, page v-vi:
        General Chiang Kai-Shek was also very prominent in the start of the uprising, but later defected and was forced out of the country to the Province of Formosa, now called Taiwan.
      • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Formosa.
    3. A claimed province of the People's Republic of China (mainland China). [from mid 20th c.]
  3. A province in northern Argentina.
  4. A city in Argentina, capital of Formosa Province.
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Etymology 2[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Borrowed from Maltese Formosa.

Proper noun[edit]

Formosa (plural Formosas)

  1. A surname from Maltese.
Statistics[edit]
  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Formosa is the 41234th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 528 individuals. Formosa is most common among White (89.2%) individuals.

Further reading[edit]

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese Ilha Formosa.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈformosɑ/, [ˈfo̞rmo̞s̠ɑ̝]
  • Rhymes: -ormosɑ
  • Syllabification(key): For‧mo‧sa

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 See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of Formosa (type koira)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Formosani
accusative nom. Formosani
gen. Formosani
genitive Formosani
partitive Formosaani
inessive Formosassani
elative Formosastani
illative Formosaani
adessive Formosallani
ablative Formosaltani
allative Formosalleni
essive Formosanani
translative Formosakseni
instructive
abessive Formosattani
comitative
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Formosasi
accusative nom. Formosasi
gen. Formosasi
genitive Formosasi
partitive Formosaasi
inessive Formosassasi
elative Formosastasi
illative Formosaasi
adessive Formosallasi
ablative Formosaltasi
allative Formosallesi
essive Formosanasi
translative Formosaksesi
instructive
abessive Formosattasi
comitative
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Formosamme
accusative nom. Formosamme
gen. Formosamme
genitive Formosamme
partitive Formosaamme
inessive Formosassamme
elative Formosastamme
illative Formosaamme
adessive Formosallamme
ablative Formosaltamme
allative Formosallemme
essive Formosanamme
translative Formosaksemme
instructive
abessive Formosattamme
comitative
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Formosanne
accusative nom. Formosanne
gen. Formosanne
genitive Formosanne
partitive Formosaanne
inessive Formosassanne
elative Formosastanne
illative Formosaanne
adessive Formosallanne
ablative Formosaltanne
allative Formosallenne
essive Formosananne
translative Formosaksenne
instructive
abessive Formosattanne
comitative
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative Formosansa
accusative nom. Formosansa
gen. Formosansa
genitive Formosansa
partitive Formosaansa
inessive Formosassaan
Formosassansa
elative Formosastaan
Formosastansa
illative Formosaansa
adessive Formosallaan
Formosallansa
ablative Formosaltaan
Formosaltansa
allative Formosalleen
Formosallensa
essive Formosanaan
Formosanansa
translative Formosakseen
Formosaksensa
instructive
abessive Formosattaan
Formosattansa
comitative

Maltese[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

Formosa

  1. a surname

Portuguese[edit]

Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on:
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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From formosa (beautiful).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Proper noun[edit]

Formosa f

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

Spanish[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /foɾˈmosa/ [foɾˈmo.sa]
  • Rhymes: -osa
  • Syllabification: For‧mo‧sa

Proper noun[edit]

Formosa ?

  1. Formosa (province)

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