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.
As I looked over the water, I saw the isles rapidly wasting away, the sea nibbling voraciously at the continent, the springing arch of a hill suddenly interrupted, as at Point Alderton, -- what botanists might call premorse, -- showing, by its curve against the sky, how much space it must have occupied, where now was water only.
It's my own personal phenomenon: buyer's premorse.
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