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- n. Originally, the regions of India outside the three East India Company capitals of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras; hence, parts of a country outside an urban centre; the regions, rural areas.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In India, the country stations and districts as distinguished from the residencies; or, in a district, the rural localities as distinguished from a station or official residency; the country as distinguished from towns.
From Urdu مفصل (mufaSSil), variant of مفصل (mufaSSal, "divided"), from Persian مفصل (mufaSSal), from Arabic مفصل (mufaSSal), passive participle of فصل (faSSala, "to divide, classify"). (Wiktionary)