Ganges

[gan-jeez]
Related formsGan·get·ic [gan-jet-ik] /gænˈdʒɛt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ganges river

Ganges

noun
  1. the great river of N India and central Bangladesh: rises in two headstreams in the Himalayas and flows southeast to Allahabad, where it is joined by the Jumna; continues southeast into Bangladesh, where it enters the Bay of Bengal in a great delta; the most sacred river to Hindus, with many places of pilgrimage, esp Varanasi. Length: 2507 km (1557 miles)Hindi name: Ganga (ˈɡʌŋɡə, ˈɡɑːŋ-)
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Word Origin and History for ganges river

Ganges

from Sanskrit ganga "current, river."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ganges river in Culture

Ganges River

[(gan-jeez)]

River in India rising in the Himalayas and flowing generally east to the Bay of Bengal.

Note

It is the most sacred river of Hindu India (see Hinduism).
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