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Calcutta

[kal-kuht-uh]
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of West Bengal state, in E India, on the Hooghly River: former capital of British India.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) . Also called Calcutta pool. a form of betting pool for a competition or tournament, as golf or auto racing, in which gamblers bid for participating contestants in an auction, the proceeds from which are put into a pool for distribution, according to a prearranged scale of percentages, to those who selected winners.
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Calcutta (kælˈkʌtə)
 
n
the former official name (still widely used) of Kolkata

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Calcutta
city in eastern India, named for Hindu goddess Kali.
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Calcutta definition


Largest city in India, located in the eastern part of the country on the Hooghly River.

Note: Calcutta is one of the largest cities in the world and suffers from poverty, overcrowding, and unemployment.
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