Shepherd-s-purse meaning

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.
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A small weed (Capsella bursa-pastoris) of the crucifer family, with triangular, pouchlike pods.
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(botany) A weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, family Brassicaceae, native to Europe but now found world-wide.
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Origin of shepherd-s-purse

  • From its pouchlike pods

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

  • Compare mediaeval Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-de-berger, German Hirtentasche.

    From Wiktionary