shepherd's purseshepherd's purse
a small weed (Capsella bursa-pastoris) of the crucifer family, with triangular, pouchlike pods
An annual plant (Capsella bursa-pastoris) in the mustard family, native to Eurasia and widespread as a weed, having small white flowers and flat, heart-shaped or triangular seedpods.
Origin of shepherd's purseFrom its pouchlike pods.
- (botany) A weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, family Brassicaceae, native to Europe but now found world-wide.
Compare mediaeval Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-de-berger, German Hirtentasche.