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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An animal's viscera or internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and lungs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which pertains or belongs to something.
  • n. The heart, liver, and lungs of an animal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which pertains or belongs to something; esp., the heard, liver, and lungs of an animal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Appurtenance; pertinents; belongings; the inwards or intestines of an animal: especially applied to the pluck, or the heart, liver, and lungs.

Etymologies

Middle English pertenaunce, purtenaunce, adjunct, from Old French partenance, pertinence, from partenir, to pertain; see pertain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened from appurtenance. (Wiktionary)

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