uneven, as if gnawed away.
Botany. having the margin irregularly incised as if gnawed, as a leaf.
Origin of erose
1785–95;Related formse·rose·ly, adverb
< Latin ērōsus,
past participle of ērōdere.
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Derived Formserosely, adverb
jagged or uneven, as though gnawed or bittenerose leaves
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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