[ pur-tn-uhns ]
/ ˈpɜr tn əns /
the liver, heart, and lungs of an animal.
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Origin of purtenance
1300–50; Middle English; aphetic variant of appurtenance
Words nearby purtenance
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Example sentences from the Web for 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.The Bible for Young People|Anonymous
May he be damnd in his mouth, in his breast, in his heart and purtenance, down to the very stomach!The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman|Laurence Sterne
British Dictionary definitions for purtenance
/ (ˈpɜːtɪnəns) /
archaic the inner organs, viscera
Word Origin for purtenance
C14: from Old French pertinance something that belongs; see appurtenance
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