Premorse meaning

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Abruptly truncated, as though bitten or broken off.

A premorse leaf.

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Ending abruptly and unevenly, as if bitten off.
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Abruptly truncated, as though bitten or broken off.

A premorse leaf.

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(botany) Terminated abruptly, or as if bitten off.
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Origin of premorse

  • Latin praemorsus past participle of praemordēre to bite off in front prae- pre- mordēre to bite mer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin praemorsus, past participle of praemordere to bite off; prae before + mordere to bite.

    From Wiktionary