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Bangladesh

[bahng-gluh-desh, bang-] /ˌbɑŋ gləˈdɛʃ, ˌbæŋ-/
noun
1.
republic in S Asia, N of the Bay of Bengal: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations; a former province of Pakistan. 54,501 sq. mi. (141,158 sq. km).
Capital: Dhaka.
Formerly East Pakistan.
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  • The region has been a source for ethnic tension since the inception of Bangladesh.
British Dictionary definitions for Bangladesh

Bangladesh

/ˌbɑːŋɡləˈdɛʃ; ˌbæŋ-/
noun
1.
a republic in S Asia: formerly the Eastern Province of Pakistan; became independent in 1971 after civil war and the defeat of Pakistan by India; consists of the plains and vast deltas of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers; prone to flooding: economy based on jute and jute products (over 70 per cent of world production); a member of the Commonwealth. Language: Bengali. Religion: Muslim. Currency: taka. Capital: Dhaka. Pop: 163 654 860 (2013 est). Area: 142 797 sq km (55 126 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Bangladesh

nation formed 1971 from former East Pakistan, from Bengali for "Bengali country," from Bangla "Bengali" + desh "country."

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Bangladesh in Culture
Bangladesh [(bahng-gluh-desh, bang-gluh-desh)]

Republic in southern Asia, bordered by India to the north, west, and east; the Bay of Bengal to the south; and Burma to the southeast. Its capital and largest city is Dacca.

Note: Created as East Pakistan in 1947, when India gained its independence from Britain and Muslim leaders demanded a Muslim state. Separated by cultural differences and one thousand miles of Indian territory from a neglectful central government in West Pakistan (now Pakistan), Bangladesh achieved its independence in 1971 after a bloody revolt and Indian intervention. It has been struck frequently by devastating typhoons.
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