Shepherd's Purse Definition

A small weed (Capsella bursa-pastoris) of the crucifer family, with triangular, pouchlike pods.
Webster's New World

Origin of Shepherd's Purse

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

    From Wiktionary

  • From its pouchlike pods

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

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