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purtenance

[ pur-tn-uhns ]

noun

  1. the liver, heart, and lungs of an animal.


purtenance

/ ˈpɜːtɪnəns /

noun

  1. archaic.
    the inner organs, viscera


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Word History and Origins

Origin of purtenance1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English purtenaunce, purtenans, shortening of appurtenance
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Word History and Origins

Origin of purtenance1

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

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

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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