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
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.