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River, western France. Rising in the department of Haute-Vienne, it flows generally westward 226 mi (360 km) to the Bay of Biscay. It receives its chief tributary, the Boutonne, from the plain of Poitou to the north. It is navigable for small craft as far as Angoulême.
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