- a state in E India: formerly part of the province of Bengal. 33,805 sq. mi. (87,555 sq. km). Capital: Calcutta.Compare Bengal(def 1).
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- a state of E India, on the Bay of Bengal: formed in 1947 from the Hindu area of Bengal; additional territories added in 1950 (Cooch Behar), 1954 (Chandernagor), and 1956 (part of Bihar); mostly low-lying and crossed by the Hooghly River. Capital: Kolkata (Calcutta). Pop: 80 221 171 (2001). Area: 88 752 sq km (34 260 sq miles)