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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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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 out

morsel

n.

late 13c., "a bite, mouthful; small piece, fragment," from Old French morsel (Modern French morceau) "small bite, portion, helping," diminutive of mors "a bite," from Latin morsus "biting, a bite," neuter past participle of mordere "to bite" (see mordant).

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