palate, roof of the mouth(noun)
the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
(Anatomy) The roof of the mouth; the uraniscus.
The sense of taste.
the roof of the mouth
relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste
fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste
a projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon
to perceive by the taste
Origin: [L. palatum: cf. F. palais, Of. also palat.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pal′āt, n. the roof of the mouth, consisting of two portions, the hard palate in front and the soft palate behind: taste: relish: mental liking.—v.t. to taste.—adj. Pal′atable, agreeable to the palate or taste: savoury.—n. Pal′atableness, the quality of being agreeable to the taste.—adv. Pal′atably.—adj. Pal′atal, pertaining to the palate: uttered by aid of the palate—also Pal′atine.—n. a letter pronounced chiefly by aid of the palate, as k, g, e, i.—v.t. Pal′atalise, to make palatal.—adj. Palat′ic.—Cleft palate, a congenital defect of the palate, leaving a longitudinal fissure in the roof of the mouth. [O. Fr. palat—L. palatum.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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).
Is the roof of the mouth in humans and other mammals.
The palate of the mouth is the roof of the mouth in human beings and some animals.
The numerical value of palate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of palate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- паднябе́нне, нёбаBelarusian
- maku, suulaki, kitalaki, makuaistiFinnish
- 上顎, 口蓋Japanese
- 입천장, 구개Korean
- GummLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- verhemelte, gehemelteDutch
- palato, paladarPortuguese
- смак, вкус, нёбоRussian
- непце, nepceSerbo-Croatian
- піднебі́ння, не́боUkrainian
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