• WordNet 3.6
    • n lucerne important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lucerne (Bot) See Lucern, the plant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lucerne A leguminous plant, Medicago sativa, a highly valuable pasture- and forage-plant, cultivated from ancient times, now widely spread in temperate climates. In the Uinted States it has been cultivated with especial success in southern California. It is greatly relished by animals, and under favorable conditions yields several crops in a year. It is also an improver of soil. In the western United States it is best-known under the Spanish name alfalfa, having been introduced into California from South America. Also called Spanish trefoil, French, Brazilian, or Chilian clover, and in British usage medic or purple medic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lucerne lū′sėrn a species of Medick, a valuable forage-plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. luzerne.


In literature:

In addition to these, such strains as the Turkestan, the Rhenish, the Minnesota and Sand Lucerne have been introduced.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
The longest tunnel in the world is St. Gothard, on the line of the railroad between Lucerne and Milan, being 9-1/2 miles in length.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
I believe alfalfa, or lucerne, as it is called back East, will thrive here, and I'm going to risk your derision and go a little farther.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
Very striking is the contrast between all of Switzerland I had traversed, before reaching Lucerne, and the route thence to this place.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
The two friends entered a field of lucern, which people were spreading.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Barley, lucerne, wheat, rye, sorghum, &c., can be grown for winter feed.
"Australia The Dairy Country" by Australia Department of External Affairs
It would soon be time to take the train for Lucerne, and they must have dinner.
"Eric" by Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels
How long do you stay in Lucerne?
"A Woman's Will" by Anne Warner
Landenburg, hearing while still at church of what had occurred, managed to effect his escape, and fled to Lucerne.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
We go by railway from Berne to Lucerne, which is situated on the lake of the same name, and contains a population of twenty thousand.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou

In poetry:

And she gazed from her Lake-Palace,
From Lucerne's mimic sea,
And smiling she beheld
That Switzerland was free.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
Now would you know the minstrel wight
Who sings of strife so stern,
Albert the Souter is he hight,
A burgher of Lucerne.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
The stalwart men of fair Lucerne
Together have they join'd;
The pith and core of manhood stern,
Was none cast looks behind.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Surely here might radiant Love
Fill with happiness his cup,
Where the purple lucerne-bloom
Floods the air with sweet perfume,
Nature's incense floating up
To the Gods above.
"A Pastoral" by George Essex Evans
No lion cleft from the rock is ours,
Such as Lucerne displays,
Our only wealth is in tears and flowers,
And words of reverent praise.
And the Roses brought to this silent Yard
Are Red and White. Behold!
"Our Heroic Dead" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Learn more about the 2008 Buick Lucerne with comprehensive car pricing info, current recall reports & safety data, MPG, car photos, specs & more.
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne 211 N Lucerne Circle E Orlando, FL 32801 Nightly Rates (130.00 - 235.00) 3 Star.
Lucerne Valley History and Points of Interest.
Welcome to this website, inspired by Arthur Dewey Crawford, researched and assembled by the Lucerne Valley Root Diggers Genealogy Association.
When we looked across Lake Lucerne, the contrast of the style of buildings suddenly changed dramatically.
In our mid-reservoir net sets between Holmes Crossing and Lucerne, we fortunately saw a 30 percent decline in burbot abundance.
In our own backyard, dedicated people interested in amateur rocketry put their homemade and customized rockets to the test at the Lucerne Test Range.
The Hammetschwand Lift in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland the Gateway Arch in Missouri and Germany's AquaDom are three mind-blowing elevator trips not to be missed.
Although the airport is a popular arrival point for transatlantic travelers, most bypass the city for Lucerne, Zermatt or other more picturesque Swiss locales.
Franz Pfyffer von Altishofen, who was the commander of the Swiss Guards in 1981 when Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded in St Peter's Square, died on Friday in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Safeway's Hormone Decision Should Help Lucerne's Image.
1/2 cup Lucerne® Greek yogurt.
Limited access for people with limited means MISS : Lakeview Market in Lucerne lost the ability to accept food stamp permanently following a USDA investigation.
A computer keyboard and mouse package of Logitech is seen at a computer store in Lucerne ( MICHAEL BUHOLZER, REUTERS / January 10, 2008 ).
The use of alternative materials for moldings and rubber rain guards helped the Buick Lucerne shed 5 percent of its weight.

In science:

H. Bohlen et al., Inductive output tubes for particle accelerators, Proc. EPAC 2004, Lucerne, Switzerland, 2004, pp. 1111–1113.
RF power generation
Tenenbaum et al., Direct measurement of the resistive wakefiled in tapered col limators, Proceedings of EPAC04, Lucerne, Switzerland.
Proposal for Single-Bunch Collimator Wakefield Measurements at SLAC ESTB