Ardeche, a department in the south-east of France, separated by the Rhone from Drome on the east, bounded by Lozere and Haute Loire and Loire on the west, and by Gard on the south. It has an area of 2,134 square miles. The country is mountainous, being nearly traversed by the Cevennes, and marked by ancient volcanoes, the chief of which is Mont Mezenc. The products are wine, chestnuts, olives, silk, and cattle. Leather, woollens, silks, and cottons are manufactured. Privas is the capital.