Palate Pal"ate, n. [L. palatum: cf. F. palais, Of. also palat.] 1. (Anat.) The roof of the mouth. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. Relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste. [1913 Webster]

Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste. --T. Baker. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon. [1913 Webster]

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  • palate — [pal′it] n. [ME < L palatum] 1. the roof of the mouth, consisting of a hard, bony forward part (the hard palate) and a soft, fleshy back part (the soft palate, or velum) 2. sense of taste: the palate was incorrectly thought to be the organ of… …   English World dictionary

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  • Palate — Pal ate, v. t. To perceive by the taste. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palate — (n.) late 14c., roof of the mouth, from O.Fr. palat, from L. palatum roof of the mouth, perhaps of Etruscan origin. Popularly considered the seat of taste, hence transferred meaning sense of taste (1520s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • palate — *taste, relish, gusto, zest …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • palate — ► NOUN 1) the roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the mouth and nose in vertebrates. 2) a person s ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavours. 3) a person s taste or liking. ORIGIN Latin palatum …   English terms dictionary

  • palate — palateless, adj. palatelike, adj. /pal it/, n. 1. Anat. the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. See diag.… …   Universalium

  • Palate — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = palatum GraySubject = 242 GrayPage = 1112 Caption = Head and neck. Caption2 = Palate exhibiting torus palatinus. Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = Lymph = MeshName = Palate MeshNumber =… …   Wikipedia

  • Palate — The roof of the mouth. The front portion is bony (hard palate), and the back portion is muscular (soft palate). * * * The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities. SYN: palatum [TA], roof of mouth, uraniscus. [L. palatum, p …   Medical dictionary

  • palate — n. 1) a cleft; perforated palate 2) the hard; soft palate 3) (misc.) to tickle the palate ( to be very tasty ) * * * [ pælɪt] perforated palate soft palate a cleft the hard (misc.) to tickle the palate ( to be very tasty ) …   Combinatory dictionary

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