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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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men's four and women's eight won gold medals on the final day of competition at the 2004 BearingPoint Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.
For the printed invitation or more information contact: Caux Conference Secretariat, PO Box 4419, Ch-6002 Lucerne, Switzerland.
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Nordhaus and Ben Abruzzo laid the foundation for the tram in 1960, when they contracted with the firm of Bell Engineering, headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, to work on the project.
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Creative Teaching," conference, World Association for Case Method Research and Application, in Lucerne, Switzerland.
uk/conferences/2002/air02*European Fuel Cell Forum Conference and product presentation on July 1-5 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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The author of this book currently holds a teaching appointment at the theological faculty in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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