palate


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Palate \Pal"ate\, v. t.
   To perceive by the taste. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Palate \Pal"ate\, n. [L. palatum: cf. F. palais, Of. also
   palat.]
   1. (Anat.) The roof of the mouth.
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   Note: The fixed portion, or palate proper, supported by the
         maxillary and palatine bones, is called the hard palate
         to distinguish it from the membranous and muscular
         curtain which separates the cavity of the mouth from
         the pharynx and is called the soft palate, or velum.
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   2. Relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the
      mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste.
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            Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests. --Pope.
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   3. Fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste. --T. Baker.
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   4. (Bot.) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the
      snapdragon.
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