a department in SE France. 2533 sq. mi. (6560 sq. km). Capital: Valence.
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a combining form meaning “running,” “course,” “racecourse” (hippodrome ); on this model used to form words referring to other large structures (airdrome ).

combining form of Greek drómos dromos

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Drôme (French drom)
a department of SE France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: Valence. Pop: 452 652 (2003 est. Area: 6561 sq km (2559 sq miles)

n combining form
1.  a course, racecourse: hippodrome
2.  a large place for a special purpose: aerodrome
[via Latin from Greek dromos race, course]

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