from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Alfalfa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alfalfa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See lucern, the plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leguminous plant, Medicago sativa, a highly valuable pasture- and forage-plant, cultivated from ancient times, now widely spread in temperate climates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


French luzerne, from Provençal luzerno, glowworm (perhaps from its shiny seeds), from Latin lucerna, lamp, from lūcēre, to shine; see lucid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French luzerne ("lamp"), because of its bright seeds. (Wiktionary)


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