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lu•cerne  (lo̅o̅ sûrn), 
n. 

    Plant Biologyalfalfa.
Also,lu•cern. 
Etymology:
  • Vulgar Latin *lūcerna, for Latin lucerna. See lucid
  • Provencal luzerno glowworm (the plant was so called in allusion to its bright seeds); akin to Old Provencal luzerna lamp
  • alteration (by association with Latin lucerna lamp) of French luzerne 1620–30

Lu•cerne  (lo̅o̅ sûrn; Fr. ly sern), 
n. 
  1. Place Namesa canton in central Switzerland. 291,700;
    576 sq. mi. (1490 sq. km).
  2. Place Namesthe capital of this canton, on Lake of Lucerne. 65,300.
  3. Place NamesLake of. Also called Lake of the Four Forest Cantons. a lake in central Switzerland. 24 mi. (39 km) long;
    44 sq. mi. (114 sq. km). German,Luzern. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

lucerne /luːˈsɜːn/ n
  1. Brit
    another name for alfalfa



Lucerne /luːˈsɜːn; French: lysɛrn/ n
  1. a canton in central Switzerland, northwest of Lake Lucerne: joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1332. Pop: 352 300 (2002 est). Area: 1494 sq km (577 sq miles)
  2. a city in central Switzerland, capital of Lucerne canton, on Lake Lucerne: tourist centre. Pop: 59 496 (2000)
  3. Lake Lucernea lake in central Switzerland: fed and drained chiefly by the River Reuss. Area: 115 sq km (44 sq miles)
    German name: Vierwaldstättersee

German name (for senses 1 and 2): Luzern



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