American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A quality perceptible to the sense of taste; flavor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Taste; savor; relish; the power of affecting the organs of taste.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Power of affecting the organs of taste; savor; flavor; taste.
- Borrowed from Latin sapor ("taste, flavor"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin, from sapere, to taste; see sep- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Xenocles affirmed, that ripe fruit had usually a pleasing, vellicating sapor, and thereby provoked the appetite better than sauces or sweetmeats; for sick men of a vitiated stomach usually recover it by eating fruit.”
“Huius enim uini miraculosi sapor solito graciosior erat, et odor in propinatoris pollice quamdiu suruixit redoleuit.”
“Acrostichum, a Bolbophyllum, a rare Aristolochia foliis palmatis, 7 lobis, subtus glaucis; sapor peracerbus, floribus _siphonicis_.”
“Nam ut color oculorum indicio, sapor palati, odor narium dinoscitur, ita sonus aurium arbitrio subjectus est.”
“_+S+et in carne remanet forma color ⁊ sapor. _ ac on þe holi fleis bileueð þe shap ⁊ hiu. ⁊ smul of ouelete. ⁊ on þe holi blod héw ⁊ smul of win.”
“Does the palate exert some peculiar action on the ingesta, so as to give to each a distinct sapor?”
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“That which emits this _sapor hoereticus_ becomes so initially horrible, that naturally no beauty can ever be discovered in it; the senses and imagination are in that case inhibited by the conscience.”
“* Hujus spiritualis et occulti mannae sapor latet in occulto, nisi gustando sentiatur.”
“For the Mystics it is in general that graciousness of God which can only be known by those who have themselves actually tasted it; thus one of these: "Hujus spiritualis et occulti mannae sapor latet in occulto, nisi gustando sentiatur.”
“-- "Vi nasce anchora un frutto detto Duriano, verde et grande come quei cocomeri, che a Venetia son chiamati angurie: in mezo del quale trouano dentro cinque frutti de sapor molto excellente.”
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