lucerne definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French luzerne ; from ProvenÃ§al luzerno, literally , glowworm ; from ProvenÃ§al luzerna, lamp, ultimately ; from Classical Latin lucerna, lamp ; from lucere (see light): so named because of the shiny seeds
- canton in central Switzerland: 576 sq mi (1,492 sq km); pop. 338,000
- its capital: pop. 62,000
- lake in central Switzerland: 44 sq mi (114 sq km)
lucerne definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Chiefly British
Origin: French luzerne, from Provençal luzerno, glowworm (perhaps from its shiny seeds), from Latin lucerna, lamp, from lūcēre, to shine; see lucid.