Pronunciation: (pon"di-cher'ē, -sher'ē), [key]
1. a union territory of India, on the Coromandel Coast: formerly the chief settlement of French India; territory includes Mahé (on the Malabar Coast), Karikal, and Yanaon. 471,707; 181 sq. mi. (469 sq. km).
2. a seaport in and the capital of this territory. 90,639. Also,Pon•di•ché•ryPronunciation: (pôn-dē-shā-rē'). [key]Cf. French India.
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