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Etymology 1[edit]

Latin lucerna.


lucern (plural lucerns)

  1. (obsolete) A lamp.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lydgate to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

French luzerne.


lucern (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of lucerne (the plant alfalfa)

Etymology 3[edit]

Uncertain; possibly from Lucerne in Switzerland.


lucern (plural lucerns)

  1. (obsolete) A sort of hunting dog.
    • Chapman
      My lucerns, too, or dogs inured to hunt / Beasts of most rapine.
  2. (obsolete) An animal whose fur was formerly much in request (by some supposed to be the lynx); also spelled lusern or luzern.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      The polecat, mastern, and the rich-skinned lucern / I know to chase.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lucern in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)