Origin of premorseClassical Latin praemorsus, past participle of praemordere, to bite off, origin, originally to bite in front or at the end from prae-, before + mordere, to bite: see pre- and mordant
Origin of premorseLatin praemorsus past participle of praemordēre to bite off in front prae- pre- mordēre to bite ; see mer- in Indo-European roots.
- (botany) Terminated abruptly, or as if bitten off.
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Latin praemorsus, past participle of praemordere to bite off; prae before + mordere to bite.