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Poitiers

[pwa-tyey] /pwaˈtyeɪ/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of Vienne, in W France: Roman ruins; battles a.d. 507, 732, 1356.

Vienne

[vyen] /vyɛn/
noun
1.
a city in SE France, on the Rhone River, S of Lyons: Roman ruins.
2.
a department in W France. 2720 sq. mi. (7045 sq. km).
Capital: Poitiers.
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Poitiers

/French pwatje/
noun
1.
a city in S central France: capital of the former province of Poitou until 1790; scene of the battle (1356) in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French; university (1432). Pop: 83 448 (1999)

Vienne

/French vjɛn/
noun
1.
a department of W central France, in Poitou-Charentes region. Capital: Poitiers. Pop: 402 555 (2003 est). Area: 7044 sq km (2747 sq miles)
2.
a town in SE France, on the River Rhône: extensive Roman remains Ancient name Vienna
3.
a river in SW central France, flowing west and north to the Loire below Chinon. Length: over 350 km (200 miles)
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Encyclopedia Article for Poitiers

town, capital of Vienne departement, Poitou-Charentes region, west central France, southwest of Paris. Situated on high ground at the confluence of the Clain and Boivre rivers, the town commands the so-called gate of Poitou, a gap 44 mi (71 km) wide between the mountains south of the Loire River and the Massif Central that serves as the connecting link between northern and southern France.

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