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

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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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