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Meaning of PALATE

Pronunciation:  'palit

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities

PALATE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: roof of the mouth
 See Also: gustatory organ, hard palate, mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris, soft palate, surface, taste bud, tastebud, velum



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pal"ate\, n. [L. palatum: cf. F. palais, Of. also
    1. (Anat.) The roof of the mouth.
    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.
    2. Relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the
       mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste.
             Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests. --Pope.
    3. Fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste. --T. Baker.
    4. (Bot.) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the
  2. \Pal"ate\, v. t.
    To perceive by the taste. [Obs.] --Shak.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The roof of the mouth. The front portion is bony (hard palate), and the back portion is muscular (soft palate).
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The palate is the tissue that separates the nasal cavities and the oral cavity; it forms the floor of the nasal cavity and the roof of the oral cavity.
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