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- A region in the northeast of South Asia.
- (fb) A player on the team The Cincinnati Bengals.
Jones became a Bengal in a trade for Smith.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Ben*gal" (&?;), n. 1. A
province in India, giving its name to various stuffs, animals,
2. A thin stuff, made of silk and hair, originally
brought from Bengal.
3. Striped gingham, originally brought from Bengal;
Bengal light, a firework containing niter,
sulphur, and antimony, and producing a sustained and vivid colored light,
used in making signals and in pyrotechnics; -- called also blue
light. -- Bengal stripes, a kind of cotton
cloth woven with colored stripes. See Bengal, 3. --
Bengal tiger. (Zoöl.). See
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(76,643), one of the three Indian presi
dencies, but more
particularly a province lying in the plain of the Lower Ganges and the
delta of the Ganges-Brahmaputra, with the Himalayas on the N. At the base
of the mountains are great forests; along the seaboard dense jungles. The
climate is hot and humid, drier at Behar, and passing through every
gradation up to the snow-line. The people are engaged in agriculture,
raising indigo, jute, opium, rice, tea, cotton, sugar, &c. Coal, iron,
and copper mines are worked in Burdwân. The manufactures are of cotton
and jute. The population is mixed in blood and speech, but Hindus
speaking Bengali predominate. Education is further advanced than
elsewhere; there are fine colleges affiliated to Calcutta University, and
many other scholastic institutions. The capital, Calcutta, is the capital
of India; the next town in size is Patna (165).
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