moselle river


German Mosel [moh-zuhl] . a river in W central Europe, flowing from the Vosges Mountains in NE France into the Rhine at Coblenz in W Germany. 320 miles (515 km) long.
a department in NE France. 2406 sq. mi. (6230 sq. km). Capital: Metz.
a light, white wine made along the Moselle in Germany. Unabridged
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Moselle (məʊˈzɛl)
1.  a department of NE France, in Lorraine region. Capital: Metz. Pop: 1 027 854 (2003 est). Area: 6253 sq km (2439 sq miles)
2.  German name: Mosel a river in W Europe, rising in NE France and flowing northwest, forming part of the border between Luxembourg and Germany, then northeast to the Rhine: many vineyards along its lower course. Length: 547 km (340 miles)
3.  (sometimes not capital) a German white wine from the Moselle valley

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1687, "wine from the valley of the river Moselle.
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