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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The roof of the mouth; the uraniscus.
  • n. The sense of taste.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. A projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon.
  • transitive v. To perceive by the taste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To perceive by the taste; taste.
  • n. The roof of the mouth and floor of the nose; the parts, collectively considered, which separate the oral from the nasal cavity.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French palat, from Latin palātum, perhaps of Etruscan origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French palat, from Latin palātum ("roof of the mouth, palate"), perhaps of Etruscan origin. (Wiktionary)

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