[ mawr-dey-shuhs ]
/ mɔrˈdeɪ ʃəs /
biting or given to biting.
sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of mordacious
1640–50; <Latin mordāci- (stem of mordāx given to biting) + -ous
OTHER WORDS FROM mordaciousmor·da·cious·ly, adverbmor·dac·i·ty [mawr-das-i-tee], /mɔrˈdæs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mordacious
/ (mɔːˈdeɪʃəs) /
sarcastic, caustic, or biting
Derived forms of mordaciousmordaciously, adverbmordacity (mɔːˈdæsɪtɪ) or mordaciousness, noun
Word Origin for mordacious
C17: from Latin mordax, from mordēre to bite
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