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Karnataka is an Indian state. Several etymologies have been suggested for the name Karnataka. The region was popularly referred to as 'Karnata desa' in Indian history. However, historically, the names Karnatak or Carnatic have been misapplied to refer to the regions in or beyond the Western Ghats (Kodagu and Kerala) as well as to a region in present day Andhra Pradesh (Telangana). The other accepted derivative comes from the Kannada words karu and nādu meaning elevated land, or from the Kannada words kal and nādu meaning rock country, referring to the rocky terrain of the state. Another etymological derivative of the name comes from lear or black—a reference to the black cotton soil of the region. Mysore state was renamed Karnataka in 1973.


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