[ben-gawl, -gahl, beng-; ben-guh l, beng-]
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- 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)
- Bay of Bengal a wide arm of the Indian Ocean, between India and Myanmar
- a breed of medium-large cat with a spotted or marbled coat
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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
Bay of Bengal
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