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Bengal

[ben-gawl, -gahl, beng-; ben-guh l, beng-] /bɛnˈgɔl, -ˈgɑl, bɛŋ-; ˈbɛn gəl, ˈbɛŋ-/
noun
1.
a former province in NE India, now divided between India and Bangladesh.
2.
Bay of, a part of the Indian Ocean between India and Burma (Myanmar).
3.
a raw silk from Bengal.
4.
a fabric, especially one made of silk and hair.
5.
a fabric, similar to muslin, with printed stripes.
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  • Even to this day, there are several active branches outside west Bengal.
British Dictionary definitions for Bengal

Bengal

/bɛnˈɡɔːl; bɛŋ-/
noun
1.
a former province of NE India, in the great deltas of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers: in 1947 divided into West Bengal (belonging to India) and East Bengal (Bangladesh)
2.
Bay of Bengal, a wide arm of the Indian Ocean, between India and Myanmar
3.
a breed of medium-large cat with a spotted or marbled coat
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Word Origin and History for Bengal

region in South Asia, named for its people, said to be from Banga, name of a founding chief. It is attested in Europe as far back as Marco Polo (1298), who wrote of Bangala.

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