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Verdun

[ver-duhn, vur-; French ver-dœn] /vɛrˈdʌn, vɜr-; French vɛrˈdœ̃/
noun
1.
a fortress city in NE France, on the Meuse River. A German offensive was stopped here in 1916 in the bloodiest fighting of World War I.
2.
a city in S Quebec, in SE Canada.
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Verdun

/French vɛrdœ̃; English ˈvɛədʌn/
noun
1.
a fortified town in NE France, on the Meuse: scene of the longest and most severe battle (1916) of World War I, in which the French repelled a powerful German offensive. Pop: 19 624 (1999) Ancient name Verodunum (ˌvɛrəˈdjuːnəm)
2.
Treaty of Verdun, an agreement reached in 843 ad by three grandsons of Charlemagne, dividing his empire into an E kingdom (later Germany), a W kingdom (later France), and a middle kingdom (containing what became the Low Countries, Lorraine, Burgundy, and N Italy)
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Encyclopedia Article for Verdun

town, Meuse departement, Lorraine region, northeastern France, on the Meuse River. Most of the town is on the left bank, near the Citadel. Practically destroyed in World War I, it was rebuilt with wide streets. A cathedral, dating from the 11th century and rising on the highest point of the town, has been restored.

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