American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The roof of the mouth in vertebrates having a complete or partial separation of the oral and nasal cavities and consisting of the hard palate and the soft palate.
- n. Botany The projecting part on the lower lip of a bilabiate corolla that closes the throat, as in a snapdragon.
- n. The sense of taste: delicacies pleasing to the most refined palate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The roof of the mouth and floor of the nose; the parts, collectively considered, which separate the oral from the nasal cavity. Most of the palate has a bony basis, formed of the maxillary bones and palate-bones, or of special plates or processes of these bones, the extent of which represents the bony or hard palate. Behind this, and continuous therewith, in man and many other animals, is the soft palate, a musculomembranous fold or curtain hanging down between the back part of the buccal cavity and the upper part of the pharynx, technically called the velum palati or veil of the palate.The uvula hangs from the middle of the free edge of this velum, and its sides are continuous with the contracted walls of the passage, called the pillars or arches of the palate, and constituting the isthmus of the fauces. In osteology the term palate is of course restricted to the bony parts. In fishes the palate is that part of the roof of the mouth which corresponds to the palatal bones, behind the vomer and in front of the pharyngeals. See
palatal n., 1, and cuts under dromæognathous, mouth, nasal, and tonsil.
- n. Taste; relish: from the idea that the palate is the organ of taste.
- n. The power of relishing mentally; intellectual taste.
- n. In botany, the projection of the lower lip of a personate corolla, more or less completely closing the throat, as in Linaria and Antirrhinum.
- n. In entomology, the epipharynx, a fleshy lobe beneath the labrum. See cut under
- To perceive by the taste; taste.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The roof of the mouth.
- n. Relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste.
- n. Mental relish; intellectual taste.
- n. (Bot.) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon.
- v. obsolete To perceive by the taste.
- n. the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
- From Middle English, from Old French palat, from Latin palātum ("roof of the mouth, palate"), perhaps of Etruscan origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French palat, from Latin palātum, perhaps of Etruscan origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The _soft palate_ is suspended like a curtain from the hard palate, behind.”
“The organs of speech are the lungs and bronchial tubes; the throat, particularly that part of it which is known as the larynx or, in popular parlance, the Adams apple; the nose; the uvula, which is the soft, pointed, and easily movable organ that depends from the rear of the palate; the palate, which is divided into a posterior, movable soft palate or velum and a hard palate; the tongue; the teeth; and the lips.”
“The flavors, on the whole, are nice, even if the palate is a bit too floral.”
“Even Howell admits that his palate is at its sharpest in the morning, when he claims to spend a full 45 minutes pondering his first cup of coffee.”
“But now I prefer another category of books, which I call palate cleansers, to junk.”
“In the highly mechanized countries, thanks to tinned food, cold storage, synthetic flavouring matters, etc., the palate is almost a dead organ.”
“Although I love Korean food, my Korean palate is pretty undiscriminating.”
“The medium-bodied palate is exotic with roasted hazelnut, dried fruit, Gewurzty floral and spice notes and hints of peach and vanilla.”
“The mid-palate is slightly juicy but the acidity is big and crunchy, pointing to potential longevity.”
“Medium-light bodied, the palate is fronted by cherry and juicy cranberry flavors with a smoky, spicy and savory quality beneath that kept me going back for sip after sip.”
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