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[pur-tn-uh ns]
  1. the liver, heart, and lungs of an animal.
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Origin of purtenance

1300–50; Middle English; aphetic variant of appurtenance
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Historical Examples of purtenance

  • Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

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  • May he be damnd in his mouth, in his breast, in his heart and purtenance, down to the very stomach!

British Dictionary definitions for purtenance


  1. archaic the inner organs, viscera
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Word Origin for purtenance

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