Chiefly Brit. alfalfa
Origin of lucerneFrench 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)
Origin of lucerneFrench luzerne, from Provençal luzerno, glowworm (perhaps from its shiny seeds), from Latin lucerna, lamp, from lūcēre, to shine; see lucid.
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.
- (UK) Alfalfa.
French luzerne (“lamp”), because of its bright seeds.