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Bengal

[ben-gawl, -gahl, beng-; ben-guh l, beng-]
noun
  1. a former province in NE India, now divided between India and Bangladesh.Compare East Bengal, West Bengal.
  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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British Dictionary definitions for bay of bengal

Bengal

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
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Word Origin and History for bay of bengal

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.

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bay of bengal in Culture

Bay of Bengal

[(ben-gawl, ben-gahl)]

Arm of the Indian Ocean between India and Sri Lanka on the west, Bangladesh on the north, and Southeast Asia on the east.

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