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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Purtenance That which pertains or belongs to something; esp., the heard, liver, and lungs of an animal. "The purtenaunces of purgatory.""Roast [it] with fire, his head with his legs, and with the purtenance Rev. Ver., inwards] thereof."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purtenance Appurtenance; pertinents; belongings; the inwards or intestines of an animal: especially applied to the pluck, or the heart, liver, and lungs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Purtenance pur′ten-ans that which pertains or belongs to:
    • n Purtenance pur′ten-ans (B.) the inwards or intestines of an animal.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbrev. fr. appurtenance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

She turnt her head ter one side, en purten' lack she didn' seed Dave.
"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue" by Various
He purten' ter be a cow-doctor, but eve'ybody knowed w'at he r'al'y wuz.
"The Conjure Woman" by Charles W. Chesnutt
Paupers oughter live in the poorhouse an' not purten' to be decent.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey