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Sambre (säNˈbrə) [key], river, 120 mi (193 km) long, rising in N France and flowing NE to the Meuse River at Namur, SE Belgium. Canalized along most of its length, the river traverses the Franco-Belgian coal basin and industrial district, now in decline. During World War I heavy fighting occurred along the river.

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