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A state of east-central India in the basin of the Ganges River. The Buddha spent his early days in the area, which later (3rd century bc) was the center of the empire of Asoka. Patna is the capital.
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(Placename) a state of NE India: consists of part of the Ganges plain; important for rice: lost the S to the new state of Jharkhand in 2000. Capital: Patna. Pop: 82 878 796 (2001). Area: 99 225 sq km (38 301 sq miles)
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1. a state in NE India. 86,374,465; 67,164 sq. mi. (173,955 sq. km). Cap.: Patna.
2. a city in the central part of this state. 151,308.
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Noun1.Bihar - a state of northeastern India
Bharat, India, Republic of India - a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
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