Loire(redirected from Départment of the Loire)
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The longest river of France, rising in the Cévennes and flowing about 1,015 km (630 mi) north, northwest, and west to the Bay of Biscay.
1. (Placename) a department of E central France, in Rhône-Alpes region. Capital: St Étienne. Pop: 726 613 (2003 est). Area: 4799 sq km (1872 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a river in France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing north and west in a wide curve to the Bay of Biscay: the longest river in France. Its valley is famous for its wines and châteaux. Length: 1020 km (634 miles). Ancient name: Liger
a river in France, flowing NW and W into the Atlantic. 625 mi. (1005 km) long.