a pouch or case for some special purpose.
(in Scotland)
  1. a fund to provide allowances for students.
  2. an allowance so provided.
Ecclesiastical. a case or receptacle for a corporal.

Origin of burse

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin bursa purse; see bursa
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mainly RC Church a flat case used at Mass as a container for the corporal
  1. a fund providing allowances for students
  2. the allowance provided

Word Origin for burse

C19: from Medieval Latin bursa purse
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