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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.
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(French pwatu)
(Placename) a former province of W central France, on the Atlantic. Chief town: Poitiers
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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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At Poitou, you can risk nothing, except the chance of catching the fevers prevalent there; and even of them, the so-called wizards of the country will cure you, for the sake of your pistoles.
You have heard me speak of my cousine de Maisonrouge, that grande belle femme, who, after having married, en secondes noces--there had been, to tell the truth, some irregularity about her first union--a venerable relic of the old noblesse of Poitou, was left, by the death of her husband, complicated by the indulgence of expensive tastes on an income of 17,000 francs, on the pavement of Paris, with two little demons of daughters to bring up in the path of virtue.
Further back are knights from Quercy, Limousin, Saintonge, Poitou, and Aquitaine, with the valiant Sir Guiscard d'Angle.
But none is more celebrated than the as-yet-unnamed baby boy Poitou, a sort of donkey that was born Saturday, about a year after Davis Farmland co-owner Larry Davis brought the animal's parents to the farm.
Annie Pollock, 52, has built up a herd of 22 Baudet de Poitou donkeys after she discovered that their numbers dropped below 1,000.
The Poitou donkey has a thick matted and tangled coat, which originates from the Poitou region of France, about 300 miles south-west of Paris.
Luria examines the shifting interplay of religious boundaries separating France's Reformed and Catholic churches, primarily in the province of Poitou, by deploying a three-stage model of adiaphora (a term he eschews), negotiation, and segregation.
Les Grands Jours de Rabelais en Poitou: Actes du colloque international de Poitiers (30 aout-1er septembre 2001).
However residents of provinces on the French mid-Atlantic coast (Normandy, Poitou, Aunis, Saintonge, and Angoumois) manifested exceptional dread of priestly hexes that rendered new grooms impotent and new households discordant.
She and her mate, Duke, are Poitou Donkeys, residents since the end of June at Davis Farmland.