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premorse

[pri-mawrs]
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adjective Biology.
  1. having the end irregularly truncate, as if bitten or broken off.
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Origin of premorse

1745–55; < Latin praemorsus bitten off in front (past participle of praemordēre), equivalent to prae- pre- + morsus bitten; see morsel
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  • Premorse: as if bitten off: with a blunt or jagged termination.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith


British Dictionary definitions for premorse

premorse

adjective
  1. biology appearing as though the end had been bitten offa premorse leaf
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin praemorsus bitten off in front, from praemordēre, from prae in front + mordēre to bite
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