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MAESO´LUS ( Μαισώλος, Ptol. 7.1. § § 15, 37), a river of considerable size, which rises in the Deccan or midland part of Hindostán, and flows in a course at first SE., and then nearly E till it falls into the Bay of Bengal in lat. 18°. N. There has been some dispute among geographers as to its modern representative, some making it the same as the Kistna, and some as the Godávari. The latter is probably the most correct supposition. Ptolemy places its source in the Orudii or Aruedi mountains, which would seem to be part of the chain of the western Ghâts.


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