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From after- +‎ bite.


afterbite (plural afterbites)

  1. Something that lingers after it is bitten, especially a smatch or flavour; aftertaste.
  2. (figuratively and by extension) That which returns with a memory, usually one that is bitter or painful
    • 2002, Monica Wood, Secret Language:
      She's dressed exactly like Faith, her hair winched into the same yellow braids. She can still feel the afterbite of Delle's nails as she raked the hair back, complaining.
    • 2000, Roger Kahn, Good Enough to Dream:
      That is a marvelous month to start, particularly in the North where some April days sting with the afterbite of winter and others glow with summer promise.