Chennai

[ chen-ahi ]
/ ˈtʃɛn ɑɪ /

noun

a seaport in and the capital of Tamil Nadu state, in SE India, on the Bay of Bengal.

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Chennai
/ (tʃɪˈnaɪ) /

noun

a port in SE India, capital of Tamil Nadu, on the Bay of Bengal: founded in 1639 by the English East India Company as Fort St George; traditional burial place of St Thomas; university (1857). Pop: 4 216 268 (2001)Former name: Madras
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