Origin: Fr luzerne < Prov luzerno, lit., glowworm < Prov luzerna, lamp, ult. < L lucerna, lamp < 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)
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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.