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lucerne

or lucern

[loo-surn] /luˈsɜrn/
noun
1.
Origin of lucerne
1620-1630
1620-30; alteration (by association with Latin lucerna lamp) of French luzerne < Provençal luzerno glowworm (the plant was so called in allusion to its bright seeds); akin to Old Provençal luzerna lamp < Vulgar Latin *lūcerna, for Latin lucerna. See lucid

Lucerne

[loo-surn; French ly-sern] /luˈsɜrn; French lüˈsɛrn/
noun
1.
a canton in central Switzerland. 576 sq. mi. (1490 sq. km).
2.
the capital of this canton, on Lake of Lucerne.
3.
Lake of. Also called Lake of the Four Forest Cantons. a lake in central Switzerland. 24 miles (39 km) long; 44 sq. mi. (114 sq. km).
German Luzern.
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  • "This is lucerne," he whispered, bending down; how soft she was, and how little!

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
  • If he had known it, it was with the Dance of Death on the bridge of lucerne.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Clover and lucerne are the other leading crops, and large flocks of sheep are kept in the region.

  • Once he has been in Paris, where I met him, and once to lucerne for a fortnight.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Clover and lucerne fields and the flowery borders of corn fields remain very attractive.

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • And, in any event, on such a journey lucerne must come first.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • After journeying on in this manner for some hours the carriage arrived at an inn on the shores of the Lake of lucerne.

    Rollo in Switzerland Jacob Abbott
  • We went to lucerne, and thence to Como, where I intended to leave her.

    Paul Patoff F. Marion Crawford
  • A steamer would be waiting at the pier to take them across to the city of lucerne on the other side.

    Our Little Swiss Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • “In lucerne you gave me your hand in good-bye,” he said presently.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for lucerne

lucerne

/luːˈsɜːn/
noun
1.
(Brit) another name for alfalfa

Lucerne

/luːˈsɜːn; French lysɛrn/
noun
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 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
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