bombay








noun

  1. Mumbai.
  2. a former state in W India: divided in 1960 into the Gujarat and Maharashtra states.

noun

  1. the former English name of Mumbai
  2. a breed of black short-haired medium-sized cat

city in western India, from Portuguese, and popularly explained as Portuguese bom bahia “good bay,” but that seems folk etymology (for one, the adjective is masculine and the noun is feminine), and the more likely candidate is the local Mumbadevi “Goddess Mumba,” a Hindu deity worshipped there. The city’s name officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.

City in western India just off the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is now officially called Mumbai.

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