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mor·sel

 (môr′səl)
n.
1. A small piece of food.
2. A tasty delicacy; a tidbit.
3. A small amount; a piece: a morsel of gossip.
4. One that is delightful and extremely pleasing.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of mors, bite, from Latin morsum, from neuter past participle of mordēre, to bite; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]

morsel

(ˈmɔːsəl)
n
1. (Cookery) a small slice or mouthful of food
2. a small piece; bit
3. informal Irish a term of endearment for a child
[C13: from Old French, from mors a bite, from Latin morsus, from mordēre to bite]

mor•sel

(ˈmɔr səl)

n.
1. a small portion of food; bite.
2. a small piece or amount of anything; scrap; bit.
3. an appetizing dish; treat.
4. one that is attractive or delightful.
v.t.
5. to distribute in or divide into tiny portions (often fol. by out).
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, =mors a bite + -el < Latin -ellus]

Morsel

 a small quantity—Johnson, 1755.
Examples: morsel of feeling, 1860; of quicksilver ore, 1839; of territory, 1860.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.morsel - a small quantity of anything; "a morsel of paper was all he needed"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
2.morsel - a small amount of solid foodmorsel - a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"
mouthful, taste - a small amount eaten or drunk; "take a taste--you'll like it"
chaw, chew, cud, plug, quid, wad - a wad of something chewable as tobacco
crumb - small piece of e.g. bread or cake
sop, sops - piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid

morsel

noun piece, bite, bit, slice, scrap, part, grain, taste, segment, fragment, fraction, snack, crumb, nibble, mouthful, tad (informal, chiefly U.S.), titbit, soupçon (French) a delicious little morsel of meat

morsel

noun
1. A small portion of food:
Informal: bite.
2. A light meal:
3. Something fine and delicious, especially a food:
Informal: goody.
Translations
لُقْمَه
sousto
bid
biti
gabaliukaskąsnelis
kumosiņš, gabaliņš
sústo

morsel

[ˈmɔːsl] N [of food] → bocado m (fig) → pedazo m

morsel

[ˈmɔːrsəl] n [food] → bouchée f

morsel

n (of food)Bissen m, → Happen m; (fig)bisschen nt; (of information)Brocken m; not a morsel of foodkein Bissen zu essen; a morsel of comfortein kleiner Trost

morsel

[ˈmɔːsl] n (of food) → boccone m (fig) → briciolo

morsel

(ˈmoːsəl) noun
a small piece of something, especially food. a tasty morsel of fish for the cat.
References in classic literature ?
But when they got their electric torches, and focused them on the inert, black object, it was found to be a bear which had come to nose about the camp for dainty morsels.
Savory morsels of ham, golden blocks of corn-cake, fragments of pie of every conceivable mathematical figure, chicken wings, gizzards, and drumsticks, all appeared in picturesque confusion; and Sam, as monarch of all he surveyed, sat with his palm-leaf cocked rejoicingly to one side, and patronizing Andy at his right hand.
They were not exactly popular favorites, but they did receive certain undesirable morsels from the more charitable housewives.
The former was a boy of fourteen, but when he drew out what had been a fiddle, crushed to morsels in the great-coat, he blubbered aloud; and Cathy, when she learned the master had lost her whip in attending on the stranger, showed her humour by grinning and spitting at the stupid little thing; earning for her pains a sound blow from her father, to teach her cleaner manners.
He absently broke off some morsels of dry toast from the rack near him, absently finished his first cup of tea -- then asked for a second, which he left before him untouched.
There was a change on the village where the fountain fell, and where the mender of roads went forth daily to hammer out of the stones on the highway such morsels of bread as might serve for patches to hold his poor ignorant soul and his poor reduced body together.
Thou therefore on these Herbs, and Fruits, & Flours Feed first, on each Beast next, and Fish, and Fowle, No homely morsels, and whatever thing The Sithe of Time mowes down, devour unspar'd, Till I in Man residing through the Race, His thoughts, his looks, words, actions all infect, And season him thy last and sweetest prey.
With sheep and shaggy goats the porkers bled, And the proud steer was on the marble spread; With fire prepared, they deal the morsels round, Wine rosy bright the brimming goblets crown'd.
Sindbad, making a sign to him to approach, caused him to be seated at his right hand, and himself heaped choice morsels upon his plate, and poured out for him a draught of excellent wine, and presently, when the banquet drew to a close, spoke to him familiarly, asking his name and occupation.
If I were to cut you and your horse up into tiny morsels and throw them to the beasts, there wouldn't be one bit for each hundred of them.
The silence was broken only by the snapping of the wood, the crackling of the flames, the distant murmur of the camps, and the blows of the sabre given to what remained of Bichette in search of her tenderest morsels.
He felt vaguely that death must make a first choice of the men who were nearest; the initial morsels for the dragons would be then those who were fol- lowing him.