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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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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.
Inaugurated on Monday evening by Roland Dubertrand, Ambassador of France to Oman, the pavilion features artisans and a music and dance troupe from Poitou Charentes, a region in southwest France.
While his team will go to the Vuelta to support Rigoberto Uran in the general classification, Cavendish will ride in the Tour du Poitou Charentes (August 26-29) before the Tour of Britain, which starts in Liverpool and runs from September 7-14.
Davis Farmland last weekend announced the birth of a baby Poitou donkey, one of the rarest animals on earth.
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.
According to the "Avant-Propos" by Marie-Luce Demonet, this colloquium was not simply a regional appendix to the Rabelaisian commemorations held in Nice, Montpellier, Paris, Leyden, and Tours in 1994 and 1995, but rather an acknowledgment of the importance of the Poitou area in the formation of this important author, especially its influence on the Cinquiesme Livre.
To the south you might also want to soak in some of the charm of Rochefort, the Roman ruins at Saintes, or, further north to the Poitou marshes where you can take a leisurely boat trip on the network of inland waterways.
By then, however, there was trouble for John in Poitou where he had offended the powerful Lusignan family, who rebelled and appealed to Philip Augustus.