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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.
n. Chiefly British
[French luzerne, from Provençal luzerno, glowworm (perhaps from its shiny seeds), from Latin lucerna, lamp, from lūcēre, to shine; see lucid.]
(Plants) Brit another name for alfalfa
Lucerne(luːˈsɜːn; French lysɛrn)
nGerman name (for senses 1 and 2): Luzern
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
[1620–30; < French luzerne < Occitan luzerno literally, glowworm]
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.
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|Noun||1.||lucerne - 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