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prae-mordĕo , morsi and mordi, morsum, 2, v. a., bite in front, to bite at the end; hence, in gen., to bite (poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
I. Lit.: ni fugissem, medium, credo, praemorsisset, Plaut. Fragm. ap. Gell. 7, 9, 7: “linguam,Luc. 6, 567: “projectos,Sen. Clem. 1, 5, 5.—
II. Transf., to bite off, snip off, crib: “et tamen ex hoc, Quodcumque est, Discipuli custos praemordet,Juv. 7, 217.
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