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

  • A city of northern France near the Belgian border southeast of Lille. An important medieval town, it became noted for its lace industry in the 15th century. Population: 43,200.
  • n. A fine lace with a floral pattern.

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  • proper n. A town in the region of Nord, in the north-east of France

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rich variety of lace made at Valenciennes, France. See lace.
  • n. A pyrotechnic composition, usually employed as incendiary.

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

  • n. a town in northeastern France long noted for its lace industry
  • n. a type of bobbin lace with floral patterns

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