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Bombay

[bom-bey] /bɒmˈbeɪ/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Maharashtra, in W India, on the Arabian Sea.
2.
a former state in W India: divided in 1960 into the Gujarat and Maharashtra states.

Maharashtra

[mah-huh-rahsh-truh] /ˌmɑ həˈrɑʃ trə/
noun
1.
a state in W central India. 118,903 sq. mi. (307,959 sq. km).
Capital: Bombay.
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British Dictionary definitions for Bombay

Bombay

/bɒmˈbeɪ/
noun
1.
the former English name of Mumbai
2.
a breed of black short-haired medium-sized cat

Maharashtra

/ˌmɑːhəˈræʃtrə/
noun
1.
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 and History for Bombay

city in western India, from Portuguese, and popularly explained as Portuguese bom bahia "good bay," but that seems folk etymology (for one, the adjective is masculine and the noun is feminine), 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 in Culture

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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