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morsel

[mawr-suh l] /ˈmɔr səl/
noun
1.
a bite, mouthful, or small portion of food, candy, etc.
2.
a small piece, quantity, or amount of anything; scrap; bit.
3.
something very appetizing; treat or tidbit.
4.
a person or thing that is attractive or delightful.
verb (used with object)
5.
to distribute in or divide into tiny portions (often followed by out):
to morsel out the last pieces of meat.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to mors a bite (< Latin morsum something bitten off, noun use of neuter of morsus, past participle of mordēre to bite) + -el < Latin -ellus diminutive suffix; see -elle
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Examples for morsel
  • Hare hid a piece of cheese in one of two tall bowls and pointed to the bowl containing the tempting morsel.
  • The bird by that time had been joined by a second one which had alighted to feed on a tiny food morsel it had been carrying.
  • It's not a big slab of steak but a smaller, succulent morsel of meat.
  • Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel.
  • But users may prefer to pay lumpy subscription fees rather than a small charge for every morsel of information they access.
  • They have a rough tongue that helps them clean every last morsel from an animal bone-and groom themselves.
  • Every morsel of saving from closure will please the tea-partiers.
  • The order of words in this delicious morsel of dialect varies with the user.
  • The butter had melted into a luscious sauce that coated each soft, fragrant morsel.
  • Consider two lizards confronting each other over a mutually desired resource such as a nest site, a mate, or a morsel of food.
British Dictionary definitions for morsel

morsel

/ˈmɔːsəl/
noun
1.
a small slice or mouthful of food
2.
a small piece; bit
3.
(Irish, informal) a term of endearment for a child
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from mors a bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite
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Word Origin and History for morsel
morsel
late 13c., from O.Fr. morsel (Fr. marceau) "small bite," dim. of mors "a bite," from L. morsus "biting, bite," neut. pp. of mordere "to bite" (see mordant).
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