Anjou

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An·jou

noun \ˈan-jü, -zhü\

Definition of ANJOU

:  a large sweet ovoid pear having a usually yellowish-green skin

Origin of ANJOU

Anjou, France
First Known Use: 1941

An·jou

geographical name \ˈan-ˌjü, äⁿ-ˈzhü\

Definition of ANJOU

1
region & former province NW France in Loire valley Angers
2
former town Canada in S Quebec, now part of Montreal (city)

Anjou

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Historical region, lower Loire valley, northwestern France. Organized in the Gallo-Roman period as the Civitas Andegavensis, it later became the countship, and from 1360 the duchy, of Anjou. Its capital was Angers. Under the Carolingian dynasty, it was nominally administered by a count representing the French king. The area came under the English king Henry II when he married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, thus founding the Anglo-Angevin empire of the Plantagenet dynasty. The French recovered Anjou in 1259, and it was united with France in 1487. It ceased to exist as a department in 1790.

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