Shepherd's purse, Capsella bursa-pastoris
Compare mediaeval Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-de-berger, German Hirtentasche.
shepherd's purse (uncountable)
- (botany) A 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.