from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Abruptly truncated, as though bitten or broken off: a premorse leaf.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Terminated abruptly, or as if bitten off.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Terminated abruptly, or as it bitten off.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bitten off.
- In botany and entomology, having the apex irregularly truncate, as if bitten or broken: as, a premorse leaf or root; premorse elytra; etc.
Latin praemorsus, past participle of praemordēre, to bite off in front : prae-, pre- + mordēre, to bite; see mer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin praemorsus, past participle of praemordere to bite off; prae before + mordere to bite. (Wiktionary)