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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A town of northwest Vietnam near the Laos border. The French military base here fell to Vietminh troops on May 7, 1954, after a 56-day siege, leading to the end of France's involvement in Indochina.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the French military base fell after a siege by Vietnam troops that lasted 56 days; ended the involvement of France in Indochina in 1954


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