Hooghly. 1. The most westerly of the branches into which the Ganges divides itself as it approaches its mouth, is formed by the union of the Bhagruttee and the Jellinghee. Reckoning from a point 64 miles above Calcutta, it has a course of about 145 miles to the Bay of Bengal. It often becomes silted up, and much loss is sometimes caused by the moving banks and quicksands. The bore is said sometimes to reach the height of 15 feet. 2. A town on the river Hooghly. 27 miles north of Calcutta. It has a college for the study of English and Asiatic literature.