Purtenance definition

pûrtn-əns
An animal's viscera or internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and lungs.
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(obsolete) That which pertains or belongs to something.
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(archaic) The viscera of an animal.
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(obsolete) The heart, liver, and lungs of an animal.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
purtenance
Plural:
purtenances

Origin of purtenance

  • Middle English pertenaunce, purtenaunce adjunct from Old French partenance, pertinence from partenir to pertain pertain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened from appurtenance.

    From Wiktionary