from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of eastern India on the Hugli River in the Ganges delta. Founded c. 1690 as a British East India Company trading post, it was the capital of British India from 1833-1912. The chief port and major industrial center of eastern India, Calcutta is India's second largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world. Population: 4,580,000.

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  • proper n. Former name of Kolkata, the State capital of West Bengal (India).

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  • n. the largest city in India and one of the largest cities in the world; located in eastern India; suffers from poverty and overcrowding


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