pre morse


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

1745–55; < Latin praemorsus bitten off in front (past participle of praemordēre), equivalent to prae- pre- + morsus bitten; see morsel Unabridged
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premorse (prɪˈmɔːs)
biology appearing as though the end had been bitten off: a premorse leaf
[C18: from Latin praemorsus bitten off in front, from praemordēre, from prae in front + mordēre to bite]

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