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[roo-ahn, -ahn; French rwahn]
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  1. a city in and the capital of Seine-Maritime, in N France, on the Seine: famous cathedral; execution of Joan of Arc 1431.
  2. one of a breed of domestic ducks resembling the wild mallard.


  1. a department in NW France. 2449 sq. mi. (6340 sq. km). Capital: Rouen.
Formerly Seine-In·fé·rieure [sen-an-fey-ryœr] /sɛn ɛ̃ feɪˈryœr/.
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  1. a city in N France, on the River Seine: the chief river port of France; became capital of the duchy of Normandy in 912; scene of the burning of Joan of Arc (1431); university (1964). Pop: 106 592 (1999)


  1. a department of N France, in Haute-Normandie region. Capital: Rouen. Pop: 1 237 263 (2003 est). Area: 6342 sq km (2473 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for rouen


city in northern France, Roman Rotomagus, in which the second element is Gaulish magos "field, market," and the first is roto "wheel," perhaps reflecting the Gaulish love of chariot-racing, or else it is a personal name.

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