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town, Maine-et-Loire departement, Pays de la Loire region, western France. It lies along the Moine River, southeast of Nantes. First mentioned in the 11th century, the name Cholet was probably derived from the Latin cauletum ("cabbage") for the local growing of cabbage. The town's older buildings were destroyed (1793-96) during the Wars of the Vendee. The town was slowly rebuilt, mainly in the 19th century; it is dominated by the Church of the Sacred Heart (1939), built in a modernized Romano-Byzantine style