Ardèche


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Ardèche

(ärdĕsh`), department (1990 pop. 278,800) in VivaraisVivarais
, region, roughly coextensive with Ardèche dept., SE France. Its mountainous terrain rises to 5,753 ft (1,754 m) in the Mézenc. Cattle raising is the chief occupation. Silk manufacturing has declined, but other textile industries still exist.
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, S France. Privas is the capital.