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Ancient History. Treated as plural. A Gaulish people who occupied the region between the Rhône and Lake Geneva. Also occasionally in singular: a member of this people.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From classical Latin Allobrogēs (plural), the name of an ancient Gaulish people who occupied the region between the Rhône and Lake Geneva from Gaulish allo- other (from the same Indo-European base as ancient Greek ἄλλος: see allo-) + brog- country.
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