Formosan

adjective
For·​mo·​san | \ -sᵊn, -zᵊn\

Definition of Formosan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the island of Formosa (Taiwan) or its inhabitants
2 : of, relating to, or in the Formosan language

Formosan

noun
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plural -s

Definition of Formosan (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : the Indonesian languages of the Formosan people
b : any of these languages

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History and Etymology for Formosan

Adjective

Formosa + English -an

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