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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lucern(e, n. [Late ME. (a 1500), L. lucerna, OF. luiserne, luserne, lucerne.] A lamp, lantern. Only fig. in verse: for the use, cf. Lamp n. 2, Lantern n. 2 b, Licht n. 5, etc. — a1500 Henr. III. 164/65.
Superne lucerne guberne this pestilens
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 3.
Haile, sterne superne, … Lucerne in derne for to discerne Be glory and grace devyne
a1550 Ave Gloriosa 43.
Haill, brichtest sterne, Haill, licht lucern
1535 Stewart 18450.
The gem of gentres in his tyme wes he, The licht lucerne of liberalitie

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