288 m (945 ft)
|River mouth||Gave d'Oloron
|Progression||Gave d'Oloron→ Gaves réunis→ Adour→ Atlantic Ocean|
|Basin size||627 km2 (242 sq mi)|
|Length||72 km (45 mi)|
The Saison or Uhaitz Handia, is a left tributary of the Gave d'Oloron river in the French Basque Country, (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Southwest of France. Its general south to north direction provides the axis for the former French province of Soule. It is also known as the Gave de Mauléon.
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The vernacular name Uhaitz handia (or simply Uhaitza) is based on the common word uhaitz meaning "torrential river" in Euskara. It corresponds to the French word gave. -a is the article and handi means big.
The enigmatic gascon name Saison could be a contraction season with the former name Gaison, itself derived from the variant ugaitz of uhaitz.
Tributary names are also linguistically interesting, with two specific stems:
- Aphanize: name of tributaries from Montory (Aphanize) and from Haux (Aphanixe).
- Aphahura: leading to the following names: Aphaura (from Aroue and from Arrast, Aphura (from Alçay), Aphuhura (from Aussurucq).
The stem gezal, a derivate of basque gazi 'salty', applied to 'still water', is also represented.
- (R) Aphanixe (Appaniche), from Haux
- (L) Elgabarrena or Üthürrotxa, from Etchebar
- (R) Aphanize, from Montory
- (L) Aphura or Aphoura, from Alçay
- (L) Gezala / Guéçala, from Camou-Cihigue
- (L) Aphuhura (Aphouhoura) or Gezaleko erreka / Guéçalia, from Aussurucq
- (L) Arangorena, from Ordiarp
- (L) Abarrakia, from Musculdy
- (R) Aphaura, from Arrast-Larrebieu,
- (L) Barlako erreka or Aphaura, from Aroue,
- (L) Héourqué, from Lohitzun-Oyhercq
- (L) Xuhukoa, from Domezain
- Gaison on the 18th century map by Cassini; Sazon in 1548.
- Uhaits handia on the map of Cassini
- x [X] is a softened allomorph of the phoneme z (laminal [s] as the French ss).
- also graphied Aphanire following Paul Raymond, Dictionnaire topographique du département des Basses-Pyrénées, 1863.
- Aphanize, Aphanice
- L'Apaure, la Phaure…
- La Phaure, Lafaure…
- "Le portail des territoires et des citoyens - Géoportail". Geoportail.fr. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
- The Saison at the Sandre database
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