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shepherd's-purse

[shep-erdz-purs]
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noun
  1. a European weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, having white flowers and purselike pods, naturalized in North America.

Origin of shepherd's-purse

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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British Dictionary definitions for shepherd's-purse

shepherd's-purse

noun
  1. a plant, Capsella bursa-pastoris, having small white flowers and flattened triangular seed pods: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

Word Origin

C15: compare Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-de-berger, German Hirtentasche, Dutch herdentasch
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