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Lu·cerne

 (lo͞o-sûrn′, lü-sĕrn′)
A city of central Switzerland on the northern shore of Lake Lucerne, an irregularly shaped lake surrounded by mountains. The city developed around a monastery founded in the eighth century.

lu·cerne

 (lo͞o-sûrn′)
n. Chiefly British
Alfalfa.

[French luzerne, from Provençal luzerno, glowworm (perhaps from its shiny seeds), from Latin lucerna, lamp, from lūcēre, to shine; see lucid.]

lucerne

(luːˈsɜːn)
n
(Plants) Brit another name for alfalfa

Lucerne

(luːˈsɜːn; French lysɛrn)
n
1. (Placename) 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. (Placename) a city in central Switzerland, capital of Lucerne canton, on Lake Lucerne: tourist centre. Pop: 59 496 (2000)
3. (Placename) Lake Lucerne a 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

lu•cerne

or lu•cern

(luˈsɜrn)

n.
[1620–30; < French luzerne < Occitan luzerno literally, glowworm]

Lu•cerne

(luˈsɜrn)

n.
1. a canton in central Switzerland. 340,536; 576 sq. mi. (1490 sq. km).
2. the capital of this canton, on Lake of Lucerne. 60,600.
3. Lake of, a lake in central Switzerland. 24 mi. (39 km) long; 44 sq. mi. (114 sq. km). German, Luzern.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lucerne - important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay croplucerne - important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
alfalfa - leguminous plant grown for hay or forage
medic, medick, trefoil - any of several Old World herbs of the genus Medicago having small flowers and trifoliate compound leaves
Translations

lucerne

[luːˈsɜːn] N (esp Brit) → alfalfa f

Lucerne

nLuzern nt; Lake LucerneVierwaldstätter See m

lucerne

[luːˈsɜːn] nerba medica
References in classic literature ?
Next morning we left in the train for Switzerland, and reached Lucerne about ten o'clock at night.
Horticulture seemed, however, to have been abandoned in the deserted kitchen-garden; and where cabbages, carrots, radishes, pease, and melons had once flourished, a scanty crop of lucerne alone bore evidence of its being deemed worthy of cultivation.
Simply, that having ascertained that the piece of ground on which I stand was to let, I made application for it, was readily accepted by the proprietor, and am now master of this fine crop of lucerne.
Maximilian leaped at one bound into his crop of lucerne, which he began to pull up in the most ruthless way, under the pretext of being occupied in weeding it.
Here they found the ghost of a patch of lucerne that had refused to die: there a harsh fallow surrendered to yard-high thistles; and here a breadth of rampant kelk feigning to be lawful crop.
She had wintered at Davos Platz, and was journeying now to join her friends at Lucerne, when a sudden hemorrhage had overtaken her.
Having paid his debts, therefore, in the most honourable manner, he retreated with his daughter to the town of Lucerne, where he lived unknown and in wretchedness.
Utilities provider in Lucerne Ewl has entered a deal to acquire the ICT company Arcade Solutions.
The Grand Tour of Switzerland, which is a 1,600 km road trip linking places like Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Jungfrau, Interlaken and Lucerne, is also gaining popularity among Indians.
Albrecht says that while on the Grand Tour of Switzerland, some must-visit iconic destinations are Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, Gstaad, Interlaken, the Jungfrau-Region, Bern, Lucerne, Zurich, St.