shepherd's purse

noun

Definition of shepherd's purse

: a white-flowered weedy annual herb (Capsella bursa-pastoris) of the mustard family with flat heart-shaped pods

First Known Use of shepherd's purse

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Shepherd's purse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shepherd%27s%20purse. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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