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  1. a former state in W India: divided in 1960 into the Gujarat and Maharashtra states.

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British Dictionary definitions for Bombay


/ (bɒmˈbeɪ) /

  1. the former English name of Mumbai

  2. a breed of black short-haired medium-sized cat

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Cultural definitions for Bombay


City in western India just off the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is now officially called Mumbai.

Notes for Bombay

India's second-largest city, after Calcutta, Bombay is the only natural deep-water harbor in western India.

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