Chiefly Brit. alfalfa
Origin of lucerneFrench luzerne from Provençal luzerno, literally , glowworm from Provençal 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)
- its capital
- 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.x
- (UK) Alfalfa.
French luzerne (“lamp"), because of its bright seeds.