a seaport in and the capital of Maharashtra, in W India, on the Arabian Sea.
a former state in W India: divided in 1960 into the Gujarat and Maharashtra states. Unabridged


a state in W central India. 118,903 sq. mi. (307,959 sq. km). Capital: Bombay. Unabridged
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Bombay (bɒmˈbeɪ)
1.  the former English name of Mumbai
2.  a breed of black short-haired medium-sized cat

Maharashtra (ˌmɑːhəˈræʃtrə)
a state of W central India, formed in 1960 from the Marathi-speaking S and E parts of former Bombay state: lies mainly on the Deccan plateau; mainly agricultural. Capital: Mumbai (Bombay). Pop: 96 752 247 (2001). Area: 307 690 sq km (118 800 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

city in western India, from Port., and popularly explained as Port. bom bahia "good bay," but that seems folk etymology (for one, the adj. is masc. and the n. is fem.), and the more likely candidate is the local Mumbadevi "Goddess Mumba," a Hindu deity worshipped there. The city's name officially changed
to Mumbai in 1995.
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Bombay definition

City in western India just off the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is now officially called Mumbai.

Note: India's second-largest city, after Calcutta, Bombay is the only natural deep-water harbor in western India.
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