Alluding to the shape of its seed vessel. Compare mediaeval Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-à-berger, German Hirtentasche.
shepherd's purse (uncountable)
- An edible weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, family Brassicaceae, native to Europe but now found world-wide.
- Synonym: shepherd's pouch
- 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion song 13 p. 218:
- To him that hath a flux, of Sheepheards purse he gives
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