- a European weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, having white flowers and purselike pods, naturalized in North America.
Origin of shepherd's-purse
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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- 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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