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Definition of "palate" []

  • The roof of the mouth in vertebrates having a complete or partial separation of the oral and nasal cavities and consisting of the hard palate and the soft palate. (noun)
  • Botany The projecting part on the lower lip of a bilabiate corolla that closes the throat, as in a snapdragon. (noun)
  • The sense of taste: delicacies pleasing to the most refined palate. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "palate" in a sentence
  • "The _soft palate_ is suspended like a curtain from the hard palate, behind."
  • "The organs of speech are the lungs and bronchial tubes; the throat, particularly that part of it which is known as the larynx or, in popular parlance, the “Adam’s apple”; the nose; the uvula, which is the soft, pointed, and easily movable organ that depends from the rear of the palate; the palate, which is divided into a posterior, movable “soft palate” or velum and a “hard palate”; the tongue; the teeth; and the lips."
  • "The flavors, on the whole, are nice, even if the palate is a bit too floral."