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From Middle French fleuve, from late Old French flueve (12th cent.), alternative form of fluive, fluie, learned loan from Medieval Latin fluvius. Influenced in form and meaning by Old French fluet, flot ‎(river, flood), from Frankish *flōd and Old Norse flóð.[1][2][3] See flot. Replaced native Old French fluns, flum, from Latin flūmen (compare Occitan flume, Romansch flüm).



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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