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unpalatableness

Definitions

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  • n. unpalatability

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  • n. the property of being unacceptable to the mind
  • n. the property of being unacceptable to the mouth

Etymologies

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unpalatable +‎ -ness

Examples

  • “The country not immediately the seat of either party is richer than when the war began,” he complained, “but the long disuse of taxes, and their natural unpalatableness, have embarrassed the business exceedingly, and Tories, grumbling Whigs, and party, have all thrown in their aid to increase the discontent.”

    Robert Morris

  • I shall beard him in his gullet, and, while he lingeringly chokes to death over my unpalatableness and general spinefulness, do you, fair damsels, flee to the mountains lest the valleys fall upon you.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • Among these there occur not merely species which are edible, and thus require the protection of a disguise, but others which are rejected on account of their unpalatableness.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

  • Wallace first interpreted it -- are furnished with an easily recognisable sign: a sign of unpalatableness or _warning colours_.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

  • For a long time no satisfactory answer could be found, but Fritz Müller, [51] seventeen years after Bates, offered a solution to the riddle, when he pointed out that young birds could not have an instinctive knowledge of the unpalatableness of the

    Evolution in Modern Thought

  • It is true that this explanation of the bright, conspicuous colours is only a hypothesis, but its foundations -- unpalatableness, and the liability of other butterflies to be eaten, -- are certain, and its consequences -- the existence of mimetic palatable forms -- conform it in the most convincing manner.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

  • Wallace in the "Westminster Review," July, 1867, page 37, on the protection to the female insect afforded by its resemblance either to an inanimate object or to another insect protected by its unpalatableness.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

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