Ben·ga·li (bĕn-gôlē, bĕng-)
Of or relating to Bengal or its people, language, or culture.
n. pl. Bengali or Ben·ga·lis
a. A native or inhabitant of Bengal.
b. A person of Bengali ancestry.
2. The modern Indic language of Bangladesh and West Bengal, a state of eastern India.
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