shepherd's purse

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English[edit]

Shepherd's purse seeds in the seed pod from which it gets its name

Etymology[edit]

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

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shepherd's purse (uncountable)

  1. An edible weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, family Brassicaceae, native to Europe but now found world-wide.
    • 1979, Angela Carter, ‘The Erl-King’, The Bloody Chamber, Vintage 2006, p. 98:
      Stewed nettles; savoury messes of chickweed sprinkled with nutmeg; he cooks the foliage of shepherd's purse as if it were cabbage.

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