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Ghats

[gawts, gots]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. Eastern Ghats.
  2. Western Ghats.
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ghat

or ghaut

[gawt, got]
noun (in India)
  1. a wide set of steps descending to a river, especially a river used for bathing.
  2. a mountain pass.
  3. a mountain range or escarpment.
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Origin of ghat

1595–1605; < Hindi ghāṭ < Sanskrit ghaṭṭa
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Ghats

pl n
  1. See Eastern Ghats, Western Ghats
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ghat

noun (in India)
  1. stairs or a passage leading down to a river
  2. a mountain pass or mountain range
  3. a place of cremation
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi ghāt, from Sanskrit ghatta
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Word Origin and History for ghats

ghat

n.

also ghaut, from Hindi, "pass, mountain," from Sanskrit ghattah "landing place," of unknown origin.

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