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Bengal

[ben-gawl, -gahl, beng-; ben-guh l, beng-] /bɛnˈgɔl, -ˈgɑl, bɛŋ-; ˈbɛn gəl, ˈbɛŋ-/
noun
1.
a former province in NE India, now divided between India and Bangladesh.
2.
Bay of, a part of the Indian Ocean between India and Burma (Myanmar).
3.
a raw silk from Bengal.
4.
a fabric, especially one made of silk and hair.
5.
a fabric, similar to muslin, with printed stripes.
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  • At Shabkadr a charge of the 13th Bengal Lancers was more than successful.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • The result was a battle royal that might have put to shame two Bengal tigers.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • I sprinkled on more powder, and up blazed the Bengal fire again.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Hockheimer glared like a Bengal tiger about to spring upon its prey.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • "As to that, Bengal is more come-at-able than the Great Bear," said he, laughing.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for Bengal

Bengal

/bɛnˈɡɔːl; bɛŋ-/
noun
1.
a former province of NE India, in the great deltas of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers: in 1947 divided into West Bengal (belonging to India) and East Bengal (Bangladesh)
2.
Bay of Bengal, a wide arm of the Indian Ocean, between India and Myanmar
3.
a breed of medium-large cat with a spotted or marbled coat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Bengal

region in South Asia, named for its people, said to be from Banga, name of a founding chief. It is attested in Europe as far back as Marco Polo (1298), who wrote of Bangala.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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