Lucern
Lucern Lu"cern, n. [Etymology uncertain.] [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sort of hunting dog; -- perhaps from Lucerne, in Switzerland. [1913 Webster]

My lucerns, too, or dogs inured to hunt Beasts of most rapine. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. An animal whose fur was formerly much in request (by some supposed to be the lynx). [Written also {lusern} and {luzern}.] [1913 Webster]

The polecat, mastern, and the richskinned lucern I know to chase. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]


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  • Lucern — Lu cern, n. [F. luzerne.] (Bot.) A leguminous plant ({Medicago sativa}), having bluish purple cloverlike flowers, cultivated for fodder; called also {alfalfa}. [Written also {lucerne}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lucern — Lu cern, n. [L. lucerna.] A lamp. [Obs.] Lydgate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lucern — noun Etymology: probably modification of German lüchsern of a lynx, from Luchs lynx Date: circa 1533 obsolete lynx …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lucern — lu·cern || luː sÉœrn / sɜːn n. alfalfa, leguminous plant grown to feed livestock (also lucerne) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lucern — «a (L). A lamp …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • lucern — noun ( s) Etymology: probably modification of German lüchsern of a lynx, from luchs lynx, from Old High German luhs more at lynx obsolete : lynx …   Useful english dictionary

  • lusern — Lucern Lu cern, n. [Etymology uncertain.] [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sort of hunting dog; perhaps from Lucerne, in Switzerland. [1913 Webster] My lucerns, too, or dogs inured to hunt Beasts of most rapine. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. An animal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • luzern — Lucern Lu cern, n. [Etymology uncertain.] [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sort of hunting dog; perhaps from Lucerne, in Switzerland. [1913 Webster] My lucerns, too, or dogs inured to hunt Beasts of most rapine. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. An animal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alfalfa — Lucern Lu cern, n. [F. luzerne.] (Bot.) A leguminous plant ({Medicago sativa}), having bluish purple cloverlike flowers, cultivated for fodder; called also {alfalfa}. [Written also {lucerne}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lucerne — Lucern Lu cern, n. [F. luzerne.] (Bot.) A leguminous plant ({Medicago sativa}), having bluish purple cloverlike flowers, cultivated for fodder; called also {alfalfa}. [Written also {lucerne}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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