Eaten vs Semese - What's the difference?

eaten | semese |

As adjectives the difference between eaten and semese

is that eaten is (especially in combination) that has been consumed by eating while semese is (rare) half-eaten.

As a verb eaten

is .

As a noun semese is

a member of the warrior caste of the elema of papua new guinea.




  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (especially in combination) That has been consumed by eating
  • Derived terms

    * half-eaten * uneaten



    Etymology 1

    From the (etyl) .


  • (rare) Half-eaten.
  • * 1859 : Frederic William Farrar, Julian Home: A Tale of College Life , chapter VII: “The Scorn of Scorn”, page 89 (1866 publication)
  • “Ha, ha, ha!” said Bruce. “No; they’re sons of gyps and that kind of thing, who feed on the semese fragments of the high table.”
  • * 1903 June 6, Dean Farrar as Headmaster, published in The Living Age , 7th series, volume XIX (from the beginning, volume CCXXXVII), number 3074:
  • But what was my indignation, vexation and shame when I discovered them greedily engaged in ravenously devouring the semese fragments of a barbaric repast.


    * “ se?mese, a.'']” listed in the '' [2nd Ed.; 1989

    Etymology 2


  • A member of the warrior caste of the Elema of Papua New Guinea.
  • * 2009 : Arthur James Todd, The Primitive Family as an Educational Agency , page 208
  • During this period they meet the semese''''' or fighting men of the tribe, “from whom they receive every incentive to become warriors.” Finally there are certain endurance tests that each ''heapu'' must pass before he is considered eligible to become a '''''semese'''''. “Of these the most important tests are, chewing ''upe'' (the root of the ginger plant), and drinking the urine of the '''''semese''''' chief.” The wind-up of the whole affair is the feast at which the ''heapu'' at last becomes a full-fledged '''''semese and is entrusted with its mysteries; but this mystery feast is really an anticlimax and frequently disappoints the candidates.