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Machilipatnam (mə´shəlēpŭt´nəm), Masulipatnam (mə´sələpŭt´nəm), or Bandar (bŭn´dər), city (1991 pop. 159,110), Andhra Pradesh state, E central India, a port on the Bay of Bengal. In the 17th cent. it was a center of French, British, and Dutch trade. It has a carpet-weaving industry; other products include rice, oilseed, and scientific instruments. The town is a district administrative headquarters, a railroad terminus, and an educational center.