from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A river, about 311 km (193 mi) long, of northwest France flowing generally westward to the Sarthe River.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large European dormouse (Myoxus glis).
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- n. large European dormouse
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I can't find any Montaire in France; much more likely the story refers to Montoire-sur-le-Loir, now more famous as being the place where Pétain and Hitler agreed on French collaboration with the Nazis in 1940, but which was certainly on the contested border between English and French zones of control at that phase of the Hundred Years 'War.
Loir [_sic_] had hitherto taken no notice of what had passed
Loir_, a small silk purse, containing a few pieces of money, and a lady's miniature.
In "Louis Lambert" he gives an interesting account of the college, which was in the middle of the town on the little river Loir, and contained a chapel, theatre, infirmary, bakery, and gardens.
(Loir-et-Cher), in a marly bank belonging to the most ancient part of the middle Tertiary formation, fragments of silex which bore traces of the action of fire.
"Very well, then," Manuel says, by and by, "let us cross the Loir, and ride south to look for our infernal coronet with the rubies in it, and for your servants, and for some of your palaces."
In front of the simple and noble façade of the slate-roofed castle, at the foot of the terrace, the Loir flows, brimful, between woods and meadows, the same river that fills such a great place in French literature, because of a distant relative of the Rochambeaus of old, Pierre de Ronsard.
Departments of Loiret and Loir et Cher, but in 1822 Loir et Cher was included in the new Diocese of Blois.
Coextensive with the civil department of Loir-et-Cher and a suffragan of Paris.
Its gentleness, persistency and increase -- are like those of his own small river the Loir.