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Kathmandu

or Kat·man·du

[kaht-mahn-doo, kat-man-]
noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Nepal, in the central part.
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Nepal

[nuh-pawl, -pahl, -pal, ney-]
noun
  1. a constitutional monarchy in the Himalayas between N India and Tibet. About 56,830 sq. mi. (147,190 sq. km). Capital: Kathmandu.
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Nepal

noun
  1. a republic in S Asia: the world's only Hindu kingdom until it abandoned its monarchy in 2008; united in 1768 by the Gurkhas; consists of swampy jungle in the south and great massifs, valleys, and gorges of the Himalayas over the rest of the country, with many peaks over 8000 m (26 000 ft) (notably Everest and Kangchenjunga). A multiparty democracy was instituted in 1990. Official language: Nepali. Official religion: Hinduism; Mahayana Buddhist minority. Currency: rupee. Capital: Katmandu. Pop: 30 430 267 (2013 est). Area: 147 181 sq km (56 815 sq miles)Official name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
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Word Origin and History for kathmandu

Kathmandu

Nepalese capital, from Nepalese Kathmandu, from kath "wooden" + mandu "temple."

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Nepal

from Sanskrit Nepala, said to be from nipat "to fly down" (from ni "down" + pat "to fly") + alaya "abode, house." If this is right, the reference would be to villages in mountain vales. Related: Nepalese.

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Nepal

[(nuh-pawl, nuh-pahl)]

Kingdom in central Asia, bordered by China to the north, and India to the east, south, and west; located high in the Himalayas. The capital and largest city is Katmandu.

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