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Allier

(älyā`), department (1990 pop. 356,900), central France, in BourbonnaisBourbonnais
, former province, central France, in the northern part of the Massif Central. It was approximately the same area as today's Allier dept. It is a largely arid plateau (except for the fertile Limagne area in the west).
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. MoulinsMoulins
, city (1990 pop. 23,353), capital of Allier dept., central France, on the Allier River. Clothing, shoes, dyes, automobile parts, and household products are manufactured. It is also an agricultural market. Formerly capital of the duchy of Bourbonnais (c.
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Allier

1. a department of central France, in Auvergne region. Capital: Moulins. Pop.: 342 307 (2003 est.). Area: 7382 sq. km (2879 sq. miles)
2. a river in S central France, rising in the Cévennes and flowing north to the Loire. Length: over 403 km (250 miles)
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