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Alsace

[al-sas, -seys, al-sas, -seys; French al-zas] /ælˈsæs, -ˈseɪs, ˈæl sæs, -seɪs; French alˈzas/
noun
1.
a region and former province of France between the Vosges and the Rhine.
Ancient Alsatia.
Compare Alsace-Lorraine.
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Alsace

/ælˈsæs; French alzas/
noun
1.
a region and former province of NE France, between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine: famous for its wines. Area: 8280 sq km (3196 sq miles) Ancient name Alsatia German name Elsass
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Word Origin and History for Alsace

region between France and Germany (disputed by them 18c.-19c.), Medieval Latin Alsatia, from Old High German *Ali-sazzo "inhabitant of the other (bank of the Rhine)," from Proto-Germanic *alja "other" + Old High German -sazzo "inhabitant," literally "one who sits." Alsatian was adopted 1917 by the Kennel Club for "German Shepherd dog" to avoid the wartime associations of German; the breed has no connection with Alsace.

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