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a seaport in and the capital of Maharashtra, in W India, on the Arabian Sea.
a former state in W India: divided in 1960 into the Gujarat and Maharashtra states.
a state in W central India. 118,903 sq. mi. (307,959 sq. km).
Capital: Bombay.
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Historical Examples

At the Point of the Bayonet G. A. Henty
Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Various
Smugglers’ Reef John Blaine
East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 3 Various

the former English name of Mumbai
a breed of black short-haired medium-sized cat
a state of W central India, formed in 1960 from the Marathi-speaking S and E parts of former Bombay state: lies mainly on the Deccan plateau; mainly agricultural. Capital: Mumbai (Bombay). Pop: 96 752 247 (2001). Area: 307 690 sq km (118 800 sq miles)

Note: India’s second-largest city, after Calcutta, Bombay is the only natural deep-water harbor in western India.


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