bay of bengal









bay of bengal


noun

  1. a former province in NE India, now divided between India and Bangladesh.Compare East Bengal, West Bengal.
  2. Bay of, a part of the Indian Ocean between India and Burma (Myanmar).
  3. a raw silk from Bengal.
  4. a fabric, especially one made of silk and hair.
  5. a fabric, similar to muslin, with printed stripes.

noun

  1. a former province of NE India, in the great deltas of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers: in 1947 divided into West Bengal (belonging to India) and East Bengal (Bangladesh)
  2. Bay of Bengal a wide arm of the Indian Ocean, between India and Myanmar
  3. a breed of medium-large cat with a spotted or marbled coat

region in South Asia, named for its people, said to be from Banga, name of a founding chief. It is attested in Europe as far back as Marco Polo (1298), who wrote of Bangala.

Arm of the Indian Ocean between India and Sri Lanka on the west, Bangladesh on the north, and Southeast Asia on the east.

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