a seaport in and the capital of West Bengal state, in E India, on the Hugli River: former capital of British India.

Formerly Calcutta.
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a port in E India, capital of West Bengal state, on the Hooghly River: former capital of the country (1833–1912); major commercial and industrial centre; many universities. Pop: 4 580 544 (2001) Former official name: Calcutta
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