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1. A usually closable bag used for carrying keys, a wallet, and other personal items, especially by women; a handbag.
2. A usually closable small bag or pouch for carrying money.
3. Something that resembles a bag or pouch, such as a purse seine.
4. An available amount of money or resources: a project funded by the public purse.
5. A sum of money collected as a present or offered as a prize.
tr.v. pursed, purs·ing, purs·es
To gather or contract (the lips or brow) into wrinkles or folds; pucker.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin bursa; see bursa.]

purse′like′ adj.


resembling a purse
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Most intriguing are the corn husk bags - flat and purselike, woven from corn husks, cloth and leather and featuring a different design on each side.
Samples of a hundred to two hundred salmon were sorted--sockeyes, chums, cohos, chinooks, and humpies--and weighed in purselike nets to get an estimate of species proportions; both this estimate and the total salmon weight were recorded and then relayed by radio to the Department of Fish and Game.