Lucerne definition

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(place) Its capital.
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Alfalfa.
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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.
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(place) Canton in central Switzerland: 576 sq mi (1,492 sq km)
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(place) Lake in central Switzerland: 44 sq mi (114 sq km)
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(UK) Alfalfa.
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A city in Switzerland, the capital of the canton of Lucerne.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of lucerne - lucern

Origin of lucerne

  • French luzerne from Provençal luzerno glowworm (perhaps from its shiny seeds) from Latin lucerna lamp from lūcēre to shine lucid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French luzerne (“lamp"), because of its bright seeds.

    From Wiktionary