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Franconian

a group of medieval Germanic dialects spoken by the Franks in an area from N Bavaria and Alsace to the mouth of the Rhine. Low Franconian developed into Dutch, while Upper Franconian contributed to High German, of which it remains a recognizable dialect

Franconian

[fraŋ′kō·nē·ən]
(geology)
A North American stage of geologic time; the middle Upper Cambrian.
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One evening Ernst, Christa, and I (Suzy was pregnant and abstaining) were drinking not one of those aristocratic Franconian wines the Haubleins usually served but an Austrian red with a bouquet like paint thinner that Ernst had picked up on sale.
A Franconian proverb has it that drinking wine is a form of prayer--or can be, so long as the vintage is good and the quantity sensible.
Settled over 2,000 years ago and since then ruled by Romans (who built a fortress on the site), Celts, Franconians, Luxembourgians, Burgundians, Spaniards, Dutch, French, Austrians and Prussians, Bitburg and the Eifel became a part of the unified Deutsches Reich in 1871.
When the Franconians invented the normal grilling sausage, it was supposed to be the equivalent of steak, preserving good-quality meat.
And Franconians are Catholic and drink wine, as does all Germany.