premorse

[ pri-mawrs ]
/ prɪˈmɔrs /

adjective Biology.

having the end irregularly truncate, as if bitten or broken off.

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

/ (prɪˈmɔːs) /

adjective

biology appearing as though the end had been bitten offa premorse leaf

Word Origin for premorse

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