Pronunciation: (ben-gôl', -gäl', beng-; ben'gul, beng'-), [key]
1. a former province in NE India, now divided between India and Bangladesh. Cf. East Bengal, West Bengal.
2. Bay of, a part of the Indian Ocean between India and Burma (Myanmar).
3. a raw silk from Bengal.
4. a fabric, esp. one made of silk and hair.
5. a fabric, similar to muslin, with printed stripes.
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