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Metz

[mets; French mes]
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noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Moselle, in NE France: fortress; battles 1870, 1918, 1940, 1944.
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Moselle

[moh-zel]
noun
  1. German Mo·sel [moh-zuh l] /ˈmoʊ zəl/. a river in W central Europe, flowing from the Vosges Mountains in NE France into the Rhine at Coblenz in W Germany. 320 miles (515 km) long.
  2. a department in NE France. 2406 sq. mi. (6230 sq. km). Capital: Metz.
  3. a light, white wine made along the Moselle in Germany.
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Austrasia

[aw-strey-zhuh, -shuh]
noun
  1. the E part of the former kingdom of the Franks, comprising parts of what is now NE France, W Germany, and Belgium. Capital: Metz.
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Metz

noun
  1. a city in NE France on the River Moselle: a free imperial city in the 13th century; annexed by France in 1552; part of Germany (1871–1918); centre of the Lorraine iron-mining region. Pop: 123 776 (1999)
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Austrasia

noun
  1. the eastern region of the kingdom of the Merovingian Franks that had its capital at Metz and lasted from 511 ad until 814 ad. It covered the area now comprising NE France, Belgium, and western Germany
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Moselle

noun
  1. a department of NE France, in Lorraine region. Capital: Metz. Pop: 1 027 854 (2003 est). Area: 6253 sq km (2439 sq miles)
  2. a river in W Europe, rising in NE France and flowing northwest, forming part of the border between Luxembourg and Germany, then northeast to the Rhine: many vineyards along its lower course. Length: 547 km (340 miles)German name: Mosel (ˈmoːzəl)
  3. (sometimes not capital) a German white wine from the Moselle valley
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Word Origin and History for metz

Moselle

river in Western Europe, Latin Mosella, literally "Little Meuse," in reference to the longer River Meuse (Latin Mosa), into which it flows. From 1680s as "wine from the valley of the river Moselle.

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