Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bite; eat; devour.

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  • verb transitive, obsolete To bite; eat; devour.

Etymologies

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From Middle English abiten, from Old English ābītan ("to bite in pieces, tear to pieces, bite, eat, devour, gnaw, taste, partake of, consume"), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”) + to bite, from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- (“to break, bite”), equivalent to a- +‎ bite.

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