Shepherd's purse
Shepherd Shep"herd, n. [OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS. sce['a]phyrde; sce['a]p sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd, a guardian. See {Sheep}, and {Herd}.] 1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large. [1913 Webster]

2. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others. [1913 Webster]

{Shepherd bird} (Zo["o]l.), the crested screamer. See {Screamer}.

{Shepherd dog} (Zo["o]l.), a breed of dogs used largely for the herding and care of sheep. There are several kinds, as the collie, or Scotch shepherd dog, and the English shepherd dog. Called also {shepherd's dog}.

{Shepherd dog}, a name of Pan. --Keats.

{Shepherd kings}, the chiefs of a nomadic people who invaded Egypt from the East in the traditional period, and conquered it, at least in part. They were expelled after about five hundred years, and attempts have been made to connect their expulsion with narrative in the book of Exodus.

{Shepherd's club} (Bot.), the common mullein. See {Mullein}.

{Shepherd's crook}, a long staff having the end curved so as to form a large hook, -- used by shepherds.

{Shepherd's needle} (Bot.), the lady's comb.

{Shepherd's plaid}, a kind of woolen cloth of a checkered black and white pattern.

{Shephered spider} (Zo["o]l.), a daddy longlegs, or harvestman.

{Shepherd's pouch}, or {Shepherd's purse} (Bot.), an annual cruciferous plant ({Capsella Bursapastoris}) bearing small white flowers and pouchlike pods. See Illust. of {Silicle}.

{Shepherd's rod}, or {Shepherd's staff} (Bot.), the small teasel. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shepherd's purse — n. a small weed (Capsella bursa pastoris) of the crucifer family, with triangular, pouchlike pods * * * Widespread lawn and roadside weed (Capsella bursa pastoris) of the mustard family, native to the Mediterranean and now found worldwide.… …   Universalium

  • shepherd's purse — n. a small weed (Capsella bursa pastoris) of the crucifer family, with triangular, pouchlike pods …   English World dictionary

  • shepherd's-purse — /shep euhrdz perrs /, n. a European weed, Capsella bursa pastoris, having white flowers and purselike pods, naturalized in North America. [1400 50; late ME] * * * shepherd s purseˈ noun A cosmopolitan cruciferous weed with flat obcordate pods… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shepherd's-purse — trikertė žvaginė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių šeimos daržovinis, maistinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Capsella bursa pastoris), paplitęs visame pasaulyje. atitikmenys: lot. Capsella bursa pastoris angl. shepherd s purse vok …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • shepherd's-purse — shep′herd s purse′ n. pln a weed, Capsella bursa pastoris, of the mustard family, with white flowers and purselike pods • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • shepherd's purse — noun white flowered annual European herb bearing triangular notched pods; nearly cosmopolitan as an introduced weed • Syn: ↑shepherd s pouch, ↑Capsella bursa pastoris • Hypernyms: ↑crucifer, ↑cruciferous plant • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shepherd's purse — /ʃɛpədz ˈpɜs/ (say shepuhdz pers) noun an annual or biennial cruciferous plant, Capsella bursa pastoris, with pinnatifid basal leaves, a slender stem, small white flowers and purse like pods; native to western Asia …   Australian English dictionary

  • shepherd's purse — noun A weed, Capsella bursa pastoris, family Brassicaceae, native to Europe but now found world wide. Stewed nettles; savoury messes of chickweed sprinkled with nutmeg; he cooks the foliage of shepherds purse as if it were cabbage …   Wiktionary

  • shepherd's purse — noun Date: 15th century a white flowered weedy annual herb (Capsella bursa pastoris) of the mustard family with flat heart shaped pods …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shepherd's-purse — /shep euhrdz perrs /, n. a European weed, Capsella bursa pastoris, having white flowers and purselike pods, naturalized in North America. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

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