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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


or lu•cern

  1. Category: Plants

    Ref: alfalfa

Origin of lucerne:

1620–30; < F luzerne < Oc luzerno lit., glowworm


  1. a canton in central Switzerland. 340,536; 576 sq. mi. (1490 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. the capital of this canton, on Lake of Lucerne. 60,600.

    Category: Geography (places)

  3. Lake of, a lake in central Switzerland. 24 mi. (39 km) long; 44 sq. mi. (114 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: German, Luzern.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alfalfa, lucerne, Medicago sativa(noun)

    important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop


  1. Lucerne(ProperNoun)

    A canton of Switzerland.

  2. Lucerne(ProperNoun)

    A city in Switzerland, the capital of the canton of Lucerne.

  3. lucerne(Noun)


  4. Origin: luzerne, because of its bright seeds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lucerne(noun)

    see Lucern, the plant


  1. Lucerne

    Lucerne is a city in north-central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of that country. Lucerne is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and the capital of the district of the same name. With a population of about 76,200 people, Lucerne is the most populous city in Central Switzerland, and a nexus of transportation, telecommunications, and government of this region. The city's urban area consists of 17 cities and towns located in three different cantons with an overall population of about 250,000 people. Due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne, within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists. One of the city's famous landmarks is the Chapel Bridge, a wooden bridge first erected in the 14th century.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Lucerne

    a Swiss canton E. of Berne, mountainous in the S., where cattle are pastured and much cheese made; in the N. and in the valleys fertile with corn and fruit crops; is German speaking, and Roman Catholic; its highest elevation, Mount Pilatus, is 7000 ft. Stretching from the eastern corner is Lake Lucerne, one of the most beautiful in Europe. The cap. Lucerne (20), on the shores of the lake, is a busy tourist centre; outside its walls is the famous Lion of Lucerne, designed by Thorwaldsen, in memory of the Swiss Guard slain while defending the Tuileries in Paris in 1792, and cut out of the solid rock.

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