Entry diavolana (dia, volana)
Part of speech noun or adjective
Malagasy definition Fahazavana avy amin' ny volana: Mahafinaritra ny diavolana mangoratsaka
¶ misy volana: Diavolana ny andro [Rajemisa 1985]
English definition [volana, the moon] moonlight. The former part of this word is probably from an obsolete root dia meaning brightness, purity, light. Comp. dio, zava. [Ar. Zaha, luxit splenduit; Heb. and Chal. ziv, splendour; Sansk. root div and dio, luxit, splenduit, from which is the Lat. divus and dues, as well as Jupiter (Joris), and the greek Zeus (Dios), dialos-deelos and delos, bright. Also the angels. Tiv; Goth. tius (cf. the Eng. Tuesday); Old Norweg. tyr (pl. tivar, gods), and Old German Zio is the same word] [Richardson 1885]
 moonlight [Hallanger 1973]
French definition clair de lune [Hallanger 1974]
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Examples 
1Sembanin-drahona ny fenomanana ka toa mampitamby ny diavolana [Rakotonandrasana: Tantsaha]
2Diavolana mangoratsaka no niainganay teo an-tseranan' i Toamasina, mba hanjono any afovoan-dranomasina any [Andriamalala: Ranomasina]
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2012/11/01