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An independent city of southwest Virginia west-southwest of Richmond on the Roanoke River. Once known as Big Lick after a nearby salt lick, it was renamed with the coming of the railroad in 1881.
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1. a city in SW Virginia. 97,700.
2. a river flowing SE from W Virginia to Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. 380 mi. (610 km) long.
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