from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Taste; savor; relish; the power of affecting the organs of taste.


  • 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.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • French bean sympathizes with the flesh of deer; why salt fish points to parsnip, brawn makes a dead-set at mustard; why cats prefer valerian to heart's-ease, old ladies _vice versa_, -- though this is rather travelling out of the road of the dietetics, and may be thought a question more curious than relevant; why salmon (a strong sapor _per se_) fortifieth its condition with the mighty lobster-sauce, whose embraces are fatal to the delicater relish of the turbot; why oysters in death rise up against the contamination of brown sugar, while they are posthumously amorous of vinegar; why the sour mango and the sweet jam by turns court and are accepted by the compilable mutton-hash, -- she not yet decidedly declaring for either.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863

  • Groggy from the brief sip of sleep’s sweet sapor, I slid out of bed with an acquiescent sigh.

    The Monstrumologist


The word 'sapor' comes from a Latin word meaning "taste, flavor").