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Chennai

[chen-ahi]
noun
  1. a seaport in and the capital of Tamil Nadu state, in SE India, on the Bay of Bengal.
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Formerly Madras.

Tamil Nadu

[nah-doo]
noun
  1. a large state in S India: formerly a presidency; boundaries readjusted on a linguistic basis 1956. 50,216 sq. mi. (130,058 sq. km).Capital: Chennai.
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Formerly Madras.
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Chennai

noun
  1. 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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Tamil Nadu

noun
  1. a state of SE India, on the Coromandel Coast: reorganized in 1956 and 1960 and made smaller; consists of a coastal plain backed by hills, including the Nilgiri Hills in the west Capital: Chennai (formerly called Madras). Pop: 62 110 839 (2001). Area: 130 058 sq km (50 216 sq miles)Former name (until 1968): Madras
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