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A bushy perennial that is a rich source of vitamins C, D, E and K, which is used primarily as animal fodder, though health-food advocates have made many extravagant claims for its use, including cancer treatmnet; alfalfa is administered internally for alcoholism, caries and diabetes, as well as bladder inflammation, gastrointestinal complaints (bloating, constipation, indigestion) and halitosis.


(Medicago sativa) A form of ground cover used as animal feed and as a nutritional supplement in humans. Sometimes eaten in salads. Many drug interactions are reported.
Synonym(s): lucerne, purple medick.
[Sp., fr. Ar. al-fasfasah]


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AirVault will participate at the AMOS Customer Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland November 12-13, 2015.
IN AN EFFORT TO REACH young people in their communities, several Catholic churches in Lucerne, Switzerland, are distributing condoms with the phrase "Protect thy neighbor as thyself" to teenagers.
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The top three winners from each region will move onto a global competition in Lucerne, Switzerland in May 2009.
Great Britain's Matthew Wells (left) and Stephen Rowbotham on their way to victory in the heats of the Men's Double Sculls at the Rowing World Cup on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland yesterday.
Uefa's executive committee, meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, announced the final switch and also confirmed changes to the format of the competition that will allow three Premier League teams to qualify automatically for the group stage of the Champions League.
The decision will be taken by Uefa's executive committee meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, today and will also see six group-stage spots reserved for the champions of the 40 lowest-ranked countries among Uefa's 53 members.
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