Formosan

1 of 2

adjective

For·​mo·​san
-sᵊn,
-zᵊn
1
: of or relating to the island of Formosa (Taiwan) or its inhabitants
2
: of, relating to, or in the Formosan language

Formosan

2 of 2

noun

"
plural -s
1
a
: a native or inhabitant of the island of Taiwan
b
: a member of one of the indigenous groups that live in the interior of Taiwan
2
a
: the Indonesian languages of the Formosan people
b
: any of these languages

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Formosa + English -an

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“Formosan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Formosan. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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