transitive verb dis·cerp \də̇ˈsərp, -ˈzerp\

Definition of discerp


  1. 1 :  to tear apart :  dismember

  2. 2 archaic :  to tear off :  sever from a whole

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Origin and Etymology of discerp

Middle English discerpen, from Latin discerpere, from dis- apart + -cerpere (from carpere to pick, pluck) — more at dis-, harvest

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