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One of the du00E9partements of Provence-Alpes-Cu00F4te d'Azur, France (INSEE code 84)
The Vaucluse is a department in the southeast of France, named after the famous spring, the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. The name Vaucluse derives from the Latin Vallis Clausis as the valley here ends in a cliff face from which emanates a spring whose origin is so far in and so deep that it remains to be defined.
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(valley shut in) (235), department in the SE. of France; chief industries agriculture, silk-weaving, pottery, &c., and with a village of the name, 19 m. E. of Avignon, famous for its fountain and as the retreat of Petrarch for 16 years.
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