Definitions for palateˈpæl ɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palate, roof of the mouth(noun)

    the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities


  1. palate(Noun)

    (Anatomy) The roof of the mouth; the uraniscus.

  2. palate(Noun)

    The sense of taste.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palate(noun)

    the roof of the mouth

  2. Palate(noun)

    relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste

  3. Palate(noun)

    fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste

  4. Palate(noun)

    a projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon

  5. Palate(verb)

    to perceive by the taste

  6. Origin: [L. palatum: cf. F. palais, Of. also palat.]


  1. Palate

    The palate is the roof of the mouth in humans and other mammals. It separates the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. A similar structure is found in crocodilians, but, in most other tetrapods, the oral and nasal cavities are not truly separate. The palate is divided into two parts, the anterior bony hard palate, and the posterior fleshy soft palate or velum. The maxillary nerve branch of the trigeminal nerve supplies sensory innervation to the palate. The hard palate forms before birth. If the fusion is incomplete, it is called a cleft palate. As the roof of the mouth was once considered the seat of the sense of taste, palate can also refer to this sense itself, as in the phrase "a discriminating palate". By further extension, the flavor of a food may be called its palate, as when a wine is said to have an oaky palate.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Palate

    The structure that forms the roof of the mouth. It consists of the anterior hard palate (PALATE, HARD) and the posterior soft palate (PALATE, SOFT).

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