Definition of Lucerne in English:

Lucerne

proper noun

  • A resort on the western shore of Lake Lucerne, in central Switzerland; population 58,381 (2007). German name Luzern.

Pronunciation:

Lucerne

/lo͞oˈsərn/

Definition of lucerne in English:

lucerne

noun

British
  • another term for alfalfa
    • ‘It would be extremely useful if pasture legumes like lucerne and sub clover could be modified to utilise some of this large reservoir of currently unavailable phosphorus.’
    • ‘Only in Flanders and a few contiguous districts was grain rotated with soil-restoring fodder crops, such as clover, lucerne, and sainfoin, and fallow thus eliminated.’
    • ‘Ergot is a fungus that grows on lucerne or barley.’
    • ‘There are about 800 water licences to extract Lachlan water, mostly belonging to family farms growing lucerne, wheat, hay and in recent years maize.’
    • ‘We put in irrigation and grew lucerne on the second farm to feed the sheep on the main farm.’
    • ‘Dams were one solution, both to slake the thirst of livestock and to feed patches of green lucerne for ostriches.’
    • ‘The slugs also preferred the leaves of lucerne, white clover and lupins, to the wheat plants.’
    • ‘Conversion of common land to enclosures made possible new practices: creating water meadows and growing new crops such as sainfoin and lucerne to augment supplies of animal winter fodder.’
    • ‘Living on an irrigation property on the banks of the Murray River, Ray's childhood was spent on the farm helping with flood irrigation, fencing, harvesting lucerne, shearing and crutching.’
    • ‘Our observations may better correspond to those of Baumont et al. who reported greater intake of lucerne than mixed grass hay by sheep.’
    • ‘Bails of lucern, donated by farmers in the Maclear and Ugie areas, were due to be stockpiled for distribution later.’
    • ‘They are looking currently for high protein hay, and that would be lucerne, vetch and clover hay and those stocks are dwindling.’
    • ‘Some green manures, legumes such as lucerne and field beans, also have the ability to take nitrogen from the air and fix it into nodules in their roots.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French luzerne, from modern Provençal luzerno glowworm (with reference to its shiny seeds).

Pronunciation:

lucerne

/lo͞oˈsərn/