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purtenance

[ pur-tn-uhns ]
/ ˈpɜr tn əns /
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noun
the liver, heart, and lungs of an animal.
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Origin of purtenance

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English purtenaunce, purtenans, shortening of appurtenance

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British Dictionary definitions for purtenance

purtenance
/ (ˈpɜːtɪnəns) /

noun
archaic the inner organs, viscera

Word Origin for purtenance

C14: from Old French pertinance something that belongs; see appurtenance
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