from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) Sapid character or property; the property of stimulating or pleasing the palate; tastefulness; savor; relish.
But since perfectly pure water does not, when subjected to the action of Heat, show any tendency to acquire consistency, we must infer that some other agency than heat is the cause of sapidity.
Together with salt it gives both the name and the relish to sallets from the sapidity which renders not plants and herbs only, but men themselves, and their conversations pleasant and agreeable.
In preparing meat for the table, great care should be taken to prevent the escape of this precious juice, as the succulence and sapidity of the meat depend on its retention.
‘Sapidity’ comes from the Latin ‘sapere,’ to taste.