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  1. a river flowing SE from the Himalayas in N India into the Bay of Bengal: sacred to Hindus. 1550 miles (2495 km) long.
Related formsGan·get·ic [gan-jet-ik] /gænˈdʒɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • At the head of the reptiles stands the Gangetic crocodile, frequenting the Ganges and other large rivers.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2


  • It forms part of the wide Gangetic plain, and its surface is accordingly composed of a thick alluvial deposit.

  • Before me is the low Gangetic shore, with the dumpy sand-hills gradually rising from the water's edge.

  • The army before Delhi was cut off from Calcutta and the Gangetic provinces, and news did not come every day.

    The Disputed V.C.

    Frederick P. Gibbon

  • The length of the symphysis recalls that of the Gangetic Dolphin, Platanista.

British Dictionary definitions for gangetic


  1. of or relating to the river Ganges


  1. the great river of N India and central Bangladesh: rises in two headstreams in the Himalayas and flows southeast to Allahabad, where it is joined by the Jumna; continues southeast into Bangladesh, where it enters the Bay of Bengal in a great delta; the most sacred river to Hindus, with many places of pilgrimage, esp Varanasi. Length: 2507 km (1557 miles)Hindi name: Ganga (ˈɡʌŋɡə, ˈɡɑːŋ-)
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Word Origin and History for gangetic


from Sanskrit ganga "current, river."

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