shepherd's-purse

[ shep-erdz-purs ]
/ ˈʃɛp ərdzˈpɜrs /

noun

a European weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, having white flowers and purselike pods, naturalized in North America.

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Origin of shepherd's-purse

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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British Dictionary definitions for shepherd's-purse

shepherd's-purse

noun

a plant, Capsella bursa-pastoris, having small white flowers and flattened triangular seed pods: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

Word Origin for shepherd's-purse

C15: compare Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-de-berger, German Hirtentasche, Dutch herdentasch
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