|Vienne (French vjɛn)|
|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.||Ancient name: Vienna a town in SE France, on the River Rhône: extensive Roman remains|
|3.||a river in SW central France, flowing west and north to the Loire below Chinon. Length: over 350 km (200 miles)|
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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