uneven, as if gnawed away.
Botany. having the margin irregularly incised as if gnawed, as a leaf.

Origin of erose

1785–95; < Latin ērōsus, past participle of ērōdere. See erode
Related formse·rose·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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jagged or uneven, as though gnawed or bittenerose leaves
Derived Formserosely, adverb

Word Origin for erose

C18: from Latin ērōsus eaten away, from ērōdere to erode
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Word Origin and History for erose

1793, from Latin erosus, past participle of erodere (see erosion).

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