morsel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n morsel a small amount of solid food; a mouthful "all they had left was a bit of bread"
    • n morsel a small quantity of anything "a morsel of paper was all he needed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most varieties of snake can go an entire year without eating a single morsel of food.
    • Morsel A little bite or bit of food. "Every morsel to a satisfied hunger is only a new labor to a tired digestion."
    • Morsel A small quantity; a little piece; a fragment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n morsel A bite; a mouthful; a small piece of food; a small meal.
    • n morsel A small quantity of anything considered as parceled out, often of something taken or indulged in; a fragment; a little piece.
    • n morsel A person: used jestingly or in contempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Morsel mor′sel a bite or mouthful: a small piece of food: a small quantity of anything which is divided
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Quotations

  • Charlotte Bronte
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    “Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. morsel, F. morceau, LL. morsellus, a dim. fr. L. morsus, a biting, bite, fr. mordere, to bite; prob. akin to E. smart,. See Smart, and cf. Morceau Mordant Muse (v.) Muzzle (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. morsel (Fr. morceau, It. morsello), dim. from L. morsusmordēre, morsum, to bite.

Usage

In literature:

I had money, but a horse-shelter, or a morsel of food, could not be purchased.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Another minute, and he would have had the delicate morsel in his mouth, when alas!
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
And a delicate morsel of cake?
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
The choicest are ever the devil's morsels.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
As they went, Hansel crumbled his morsel of bread in his pocket and strewed the crumbs upon the path.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
That settled it, and he just knew that the savage beast had already picked him out as a tender morsel.
"The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire" by Herbert Carter
His food-supply is very precarious; he may go many days without a morsel.
"The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers" by John Burroughs
He learned to go back to his cage of his own accord, and was rewarded by always finding some favourite morsel there.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
He had swallowed the morsel, and was eagerly watching for more.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Though I was almost starved, I dared not touch a morsel.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
I made short work of it, and threw them all up till I felt there wasn't another morsel of any one of them in my locker.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
He pulled the end of the raw morsel into his mouth and began to chew.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
He seemed much refreshed after eating a few morsels and drinking a long draught of water mingled with a little of the spirits.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was fed at dinner-time, and took the morsels in the most orderly manner.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
Is there no one who recollects me, or who will offer me a morsel of food in my distress?
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
These he devoured greedily and, having crunched the last sweet morsel, sniffed eagerly about for more.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
He could not have eaten a morsel even if confronting the stake or the gallows.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Each of us had a biscuit, about a glass of wine, a half glass of brandy, and a small morsel of cheese.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
What a brute I was to upset you before you had had a morsel to eat!
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Soon two Necrophori have discovered the morsel.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
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In poetry:

"And if you can a morsel spare,
I'll thank you, oh! so much,
For all day long I've begged and sung,
And never had a touch."
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
"It's many a mother's lot to share,
Seven hungry children viewing,
A morsel of the coarsest fare,
As I this peach was doing."
"The Peach" by Charles Lamb
And I think that when I was last here
A princess wondrously fair,
Soft gold on her head, went past here;
She'd make a sweet morsel, I swear!
"The Old Mountain Troll" by Gustaf Froding
Permit us not, however rare or nice,
To take a morsel more than will suffice —
But just as much as may support this frame,
And make us fit to glorify thy name.
"Grace Before Meat" by Rees Prichard
The apple she pluck'd, and a morsel she bit,
Nor did Adam, to taste it, refrain:
When, alas! (for us all, how unhappy was it?)
Their pleasure was soon turn'd to pain.
"An Exhortation To Worship Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
My Lily snatches not my gift;
Glad is she to be fed,
But to her mouth she will not lift
The piece of broken bread,
Till on my lips, unerring, swift,
The morsel she has laid.
"The Thank-Offering" by George MacDonald

In news:

David Fiuczynski and Headless Torsos Amandala Fuzelicious Morsels.
Stuffed with morsels on changing college football landscape.
All these months later, I can recall with delicious satisfaction every morsel of that cake.
OTSEGO, MI – Starting Friday, customers of The Cupcake Zoo can stop by the bakery at 110 N Farmer St in Otsego and pick out their own gourmet cupcakes , cake pops and other tasty morsels.
The chef who prepared it was suspended for serving such a dangerous morsel.
My mother's method was to do it quickly, as in immediately after swallowing the last morsel.
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels.
'Netflixed' dishes up juicy morsels about Netflix.
WESTFIELD — Phyllisa Phillips of Russell Road is making life sweeter — one tasty morsel at a time.
This year's two-day fest with corn and a host of other morsels, entertainment and games and nightly music takes place July 20-21 in Chatham's Community,IT Picks .
Slice the mango, retrieving every morsel off the seed, pack it into a jar and pour the pickling mixture over.
The Facebook phenomenon of "liking" comments, links, and even actions ("Rachel washed her hair 17 Likes") shows, among other things, how we grub and grasp for morsels of praise.
This was the meatiest morsel he could pull out of that half-hour.
Although she only has one eye, you can't sneak a morsel of food or a stuffed toy past her without her noticing.
As Tasty Morsels, Pig Wings Take Flight .
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In science:

In the morning on one of several hundred days afterwards, the student gently warms the morsel of barium with a few Amperes of alternating current.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
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