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From Middle French fleuve, from late Old French flueve (12th cent.), a dissimilated form of fluive, fluie, a reborrowing of Latin fluvius (stream). Confluence with Old French fluet, flot (river, flood), from Frankish *flōd as well as Old Norse flóð cannot be ruled out.[1][2][3] See flot. Replaced native Old French fluns, flum, from Latin flūmen (compare Occitan flume, Romansch flüm, Italian fiume).


  • IPA(key): /flœv/
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fleuve m (plural fleuves)

  1. A river (one that flows into an ocean or sea. A river that flows into another river is called a rivière).
    L’Amazone est un fleuve d'Amérique du Sud.
    The Amazon is a river located in South America.

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  1. ^ Meyer-Lübke, Historische Grammatik der französischen Sprache, 41.
  2. ^ Berger, Die Lehnwörter in der französischen Sprache ältester Zeit, 139
  3. ^ Gröber, Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, Vol. 82

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