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A historical region of west-central France bordering on the Bay of Biscay. A part of the Roman province of Aquitania, it fell to the Visigoths (ad 418) and the Franks (507) and was frequently contested by France and England until the end of the Hundred Years' War, when it was incorporated into the French crown lands.


(French pwatu)
(Placename) a former province of W central France, on the Atlantic. Chief town: Poitiers



a region and former province in W France.
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Noun1.Poitou - a low-lying region of west central France on the Bay of Biscay
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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Ridgeway further makes a distinction between the early patronage to the Savoyards and the later grants to the Poitevins, which tended to be the more heavily criticized of the two.
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