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Black Hole of Calcutta:

see KolkataKolkata
, formerly Calcutta
, city (1991 pop. 10,916,272), capital of West Bengal state, E India, on the Hugli River. It is the second largest city in India and one of the largest in the world.
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Black Hole of Calcutta

Indian dungeon in which overcrowding suffocated prisoners. [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]

Black hole of Calcutta

146 Britishers imprisoned in small, stifling room (1756). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]
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