premorse

premorse

[pri-mawrs]
adjective Biology.
having the end irregularly truncate, as if bitten or broken off.

Origin:
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)
 
adj
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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