noun \ə-ˈsam, a-\

Definition of ASSAM

:  a black tea grown in northeastern India

Origin of ASSAM

Assam, India
First Known Use: 1842


geographical name \ə-ˈsam, a-; ˈa-ˌsam\

Definition of ASSAM

state NE India on edge of Himalayas Dispur area 30,318 square miles (78,827 square kilometers), pop 26,638,407


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

State (pop., 2008 est.: 29,929,000), northeastern India. With an area of 30,285 sq mi (78,438 sq km), Assam borders the countries of Bhutan and Bangladesh and the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, and West Bengal; its capital is Dispur. A strong independent kingdom was founded there in the 13th century by invaders from Myanmar (Burma) and China; it reached its zenith in the early 18th century. The British took control in the early 19th century. In the division of India (1947), Assam lost some territory to Pakistan. Beginning in the 1960s, four new states—Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh—were created from land within Assam. The Brahmaputra River valley is its dominant physical feature. The population consists of peoples of Indo-Iranian and Asian descent; the most widely spoken language is Assamese.


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