morsel

[mawr-suhl]
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; 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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morsel (ˈmɔːsəl)
 
n
1.  a small slice or mouthful of food
2.  a small piece; bit
3.  informal (Irish) a term of endearment for a child
 
[C13: from Old French, from mors a bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite]

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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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Example sentences
Hare hid a piece of cheese in one of two tall bowls and pointed to the bowl
  containing the tempting morsel.
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.
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