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[zahr, sahr]
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  1. Also called Saar Basin. a coal-producing region in W Germany, in the Saar River valley: governed by the League of Nations 1919–35; returned to Germany 1935 as a result of a plebiscite; under French economic control following World War II until 1956.
  2. French Sarre. a river in W Europe, flowing N from the Vosges Mountains in NE France to the Moselle River in W Germany. 150 miles (240 km) long.
  3. Saarland.
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  1. a river in W Europe, rising in the Vosges Mountains and flowing north to the Moselle River in Germany. Length: 246 km (153 miles)French name: Sarre
  2. the Saar another name for Saarland
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Word Origin and History for saar


river in western Germany, from PIE root *ser- (2) "to run, flow" (see serum).

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