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Meaning of Calcutta

Cal•cut•ta

Pronunciation: (kal-kut'u), [key]
— n.
  1. a seaport in and the capital of West Bengal state, in E India, on the Hooghly River: former capital of British India. 7,031,382.
  2. (sometimes l.c.) Also calleda form of betting pool for a competition or tournament, as golf or auto racing, in which gamblers bid for participating contestants in an auction, the proceeds from which are put into a pool for distribution, according to a prearranged scale of percentages, to those who selected winners.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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