morsel

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From Middle English morsel, from Old French morsel, from Medieval Latin morsellum (a bit, a little piece), diminutive. of Latin morsum (a bit), neuter of morsus, past participle of mordere (to bite). Compare French morceau.

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morsel (plural morsels)

  1. A small fragment or share of something, commonly applied to food.
  2. A very small amount.
    • 2008, Pamela Griffin, New York Brides, Barbour Publishing Inc. (2008), ISBN 9781597899840, page 70:
      Didn't even a morsel of decency remain in his brother?

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin morsellum (a bit, a little piece), diminutive of Latin morsum (a bit), neuter of morsus, past participle of mordeō, mordēre (bite, nibble, gnaw), from Proto-Indo-European *merə- (to rub, wipe; to pack, rob).

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morsel m (oblique plural morseaus, nominative singular morseaus, nominative plural morsel)

  1. morsel; bit; piece

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