- a river in France, flowing NW and W into the Atlantic: the longest river in France. 625 miles (1005 km) long.
- a department in central France. 1853 sq. mi. (4800 sq. km). Capital: St.-Étienne.
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Examples from the Web for loire
They rode as far as Tours on the Loire until stopped by the French cavalry of Charles Martel.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
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Nevers is a revelation for us both, a wonderful town nestled on the Loire and bursting with cathedrals, chateaux and history.Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde
June 9, 2014
And he added the apostrophe, "What a revolutionary torrent is the Loire!"
He has had all those who filled the prisons flung untried into the Loire.
Below, the broad Loire rolled slowly by between its green banks.Shawl-Straps
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He says that the surface of the Loire was "absolutely smooth."The Book of the Damned
In the same equipage he left Lyons for the Loire, on his return to Paris.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
- a department of E central France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: St Étienne. Pop: 726 613 (2003 est). Area: 4799 sq km (1872 sq miles)
- a river in France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing north and west in a wide curve to the Bay of Biscay: the longest river in France. Its valley is famous for its wines and châteaux. Length: 1020 km (634 miles)Ancient name: Liger
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