Calcutta

[ kal-kuht-uh ]
/ kælˈkʌt ə /

noun

former name of Kolkata (but sometimes still used).
(sometimes lowercase)Also called Calcutta pool . a form of betting pool for a competition or tournament, as golf or auto racing, in which gamblers bid for participating contestants in an auction, the proceeds from which are put into a pool for distribution, according to a prearranged scale of percentages, to those who selected winners.

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British Dictionary definitions for Calcutta

Calcutta
/ (kælˈkʌtə) /

noun

the former official name (still widely used) of Kolkata
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Cultural definitions for Calcutta

Calcutta

Largest city in India, located in the eastern part of the country on the Hooghly River.

notes for Calcutta

Calcutta is one of the largest cities in the world and suffers from poverty, overcrowding, and unemployment.
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