1. a river in France, flowing NW and W into the Atlantic: the longest river in France. 625 miles (1005 km) long.
  2. a department in central France. 1853 sq. mi. (4800 sq. km). Capital: St.-Étienne.
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  1. 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)
  2. 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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