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 (hā-nō′, ĕ-nō′)
A historical region of southwest Belgium and northern France. It originated in the ninth century and was later joined, through royal marriages, with Flanders and Holland. Parts of Hainaut were annexed by France in the 1600s.
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(French ɛno) or


(Placename) a province of SW Belgium: stretches from the Flanders Plain in the north to the Ardennes in the south. Capital: Mons. Pop: 1 283 200 (2004 est). Area: 3797 sq km (1466 sq miles)
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1. a medieval county in territory now in SW Belgium and N France.
2. a province in SW Belgium. 1,283,252; 1437 sq. mi. (3722 sq. km). Cap.: Mons.
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87 Friedlander, 1965, 4: "Der Begriff 'flamisch' fur die habsburgischen Sudstaaten ist nicht korrekt und setzt einen Teil fur das Ganze." He went on to state, "Genau genommen, umfasst dieser geographische Begriff nur die belden Grafschaften Flandern, nicht aber den Hennegau, Luttich, Brabant und andere Teile, die an dem Kunstleben der nicht hollandischen Niederlande grosseren Anteil haben als Flandern." English translation by Kay, 1.