Calcutta

geographical name
Cal·​cut·​ta | \kal-ˈkə-tə \
variants: or Kolkata \ kōl-​ˈkä-​tä \

Definition of Calcutta 

city and port on the Hugli River in eastern India; capital of the state of West Bengal population 4,580,544

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Calcuttan \ -​ˈkə-​tᵊn \ noun

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