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premorse

[pri-mawrs] /prɪˈmɔrs/
adjective, Biology
1.
having the end irregularly truncate, as if bitten or broken off.
Origin
1745-1755
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
1.
(biology) appearing as though the end had been bitten off: a premorse leaf
Word Origin
C18: from Latin praemorsus bitten off in front, from praemordēre, from prae in front + mordēre to bite
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