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[puhn-jahb, puhn-jahb] /pʌnˈdʒɑb, ˈpʌn dʒɑb/

a former province in NW British India: now divided between India and Pakistan.
a state in NW India. 47,456 sq. mi. (122,911 sq. km).
Capital: Chandigarh.
a province in NE Pakistan. 79,284 sq. mi. (205,330 sq. km).
Capital: Lahore.
/pʌnˈdʒɑːb; ˈpʌndʒɑːb/
(formerly) a province in NW British India: divided between India and Pakistan in 1947
a state of NW India: reorganized in 1966 as a Punjabi-speaking state, a large part forming the new state of Haryana; mainly agricultural. Capital: Chandigarh. Pop: 24 289 296 (2001). Area: 50 255 sq km (19 403 sq miles)
a province of W Pakistan: created in 1947. Capital: Lahore. Pop: 82 710 000 (2003 est). Area: 205 344 sq km (127 595 sq miles)

region on the Indian subcontinent, from Hindi Panjab, from Persian panj “five” (from PIE *penkwo-; see five) + ab “water.” So called for its five rivers. Related: Punjabi.


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