See also: Burse and bürşe

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Middle French bourse, from Old French borse, from Latin bursa, from Ancient Greek βύρσα (búrsa). Doublet of purse, compare French bourse (purse, fund).

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burse (plural burses)

  1. (now chiefly historical) A purse.
    • 1980, Gene Wolfe, chapter 9, in The Shadow of the Torturer:
      Roche stepped forward with a leather burse, announcing that he would pay for both of us.
    • 2021 January 22, The Guardian:
      Try a burse instead – sort of a bag, sort of a purse, inspired by the cases that hold the corporal cloth used in mass, and designed to be carried by men.
  2. A fund or foundation for the maintenance of the needy scholars in their studies.
  3. (ecclesiastical) An ornamental case to hold the corporal when not in use.
  4. (obsolete) A stock exchange; a bourse.
  5. (obsolete) A kind of bazaar.

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