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Dhaka

or Dac·ca

[dak-uh, dah-kuh]
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noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Bangladesh, in the central part.
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Bangladesh

[bahng-gluh-desh, bang-]
noun
  1. republic in S Asia, N of the Bay of Bengal: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations; a former province of Pakistan. 54,501 sq. mi. (141,158 sq. km). Capital: Dhaka.
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Formerly East Pakistan.
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Dhaka

Dacca

noun
  1. the capital of Bangladesh, in the E central part: capital of Bengal (1608–39; 1660–1704) and of East Pakistan (1949–71); jute and cotton mills; university (1921). Pop: 12 560 000 (2005 est)
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Bangladesh

noun
  1. a republic in S Asia: formerly the Eastern Province of Pakistan; became independent in 1971 after civil war and the defeat of Pakistan by India; consists of the plains and vast deltas of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers; prone to flooding: economy based on jute and jute products (over 70 per cent of world production); a member of the Commonwealth. Language: Bengali. Religion: Muslim. Currency: taka. Capital: Dhaka. Pop: 163 654 860 (2013 est). Area: 142 797 sq km (55 126 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for dhaka

Bangladesh

nation formed 1971 from former East Pakistan, from Bengali for "Bengali country," from Bangla "Bengali" + desh "country."

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Bangladesh

[(bahng-gluh-desh, bang-gluh-desh)]

Republic in southern Asia, bordered by India to the north, west, and east; the Bay of Bengal to the south; and Burma to the southeast. Its capital and largest city is Dacca.

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Note

Created as East Pakistan in 1947, when India gained its independence from Britain and Muslim leaders demanded a Muslim state. Separated by cultural differences and one thousand miles of Indian territory from a neglectful central government in West Pakistan (now Pakistan), Bangladesh achieved its independence in 1971 after a bloody revolt and Indian intervention. It has been struck frequently by devastating typhoons.
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