1. A purse; also, a vesicle; a pod; a hull.

2. A fund or foundation for the maintenance of needy scholars in their studies; also, the sum given to the beneficiaries.

3. An ornamental case of hold the corporal when not in use.

4. An exchange, for merchants and bankers, in the cities of continental Europe. Same as Bourse.

5. A kind of bazaar. "She says she went to the burse for patterns." (Old Play)

Origin: LL. Bursa, or F. Bourse. See Bourse, and cf. Bursch, Purse.

(01 Mar 1998)