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

  • A historical region of west-central India. It was controlled by the Muslim rulers of India from the early 14th to the mid-17th century and incorporated by the British into the province of Bombay in the 19th century. The Marathi-speaking section of the region became a separate state in 1960.

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  • proper n. State in western India which has Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) as its capital.

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  • n. a historical area in west-central India


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From Sanskrit महाराष्ट्र (mahārāṣṭra), derived from महा- (mahā-), combining form of महत् (mahat) "great" + राष्ट्र (rāṣṭra). In Sanskrit, the word rāṣṭra means "nation" or "dominion". Other theories indicate that the word "rāṣṭra" in this context derives from ratta (a corruption of "Rashtrakuta", a dynasty that once ruled the area), a clan known as "rāṣṭrika" (found in some of King Ashoka's inscriptions) or "ratha" (chariot).


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