American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Abruptly truncated, as though bitten or broken off: a premorse leaf.
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.
- adj. botany Terminated abruptly, or as if bitten off.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Terminated abruptly, or as it bitten off.
- Latin praemorsus, past participle of praemordere to bite off; prae before + mordere to bite. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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