gustatory

adjective
gus·​ta·​to·​ry | \ˈgə-stə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of gustatory 

: relating to or associated with eating or the sense of taste

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Other Words from gustatory

gustatorily \ ˌgə-​stə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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Gustatory is a member of a finite set of words that describe the senses with which we encounter our world, the other members being visual, aural, olfactory, and tactile. Like its peers, gustatory has its roots in Latin-in this case the Latin word gustare, meaning "to taste." Gustare is a somewhat distant relative of several common English words, among them choose and disgust, but is a direct ancestor only of gustatory, gustation, meaning "the act or sensation of tasting," and degustation, meaning "the action or an instance of tasting especially in a series of small portions."

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San Diego’s craft beer culture puts itself at a gustatory disadvantage: Many beers made in the county don’t fall under the official guidelines. Daniel Wheaton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego breweries go for the gold at the Great American Beer Festival," 6 Oct. 2017 There was a coldness to the experience, a sense that all the sous vide–ing and mise en place–ing and tweezering had somehow frozen the joy, the gustatory pleasure, the hot, messy act of cooking. Julia Kramer, Bon Appetit, "Forest to Table: How the Oldest Cooking Method Became the (Literal) Hottest Trend in Restaurants," 8 June 2017 Behind her in the assembly line, a potbellied man in his late 30s peppers her with the gustatory queries that pass for small talk in south India. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams," 24 Sep. 2016 Who knows how many dodos were killed to satisfy gustatory curiosity? Brian Switek, WIRED, "Repost: The Dodo is Dead, Long Live the Dodo!," 12 Dec. 2011 My gustatory goal for the weekend was to visit the two best barbecue joints in Dallas. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Where to eat, drink in Dallas," 30 June 2017 There was a coldness to the experience, a sense that all the sous vide–ing and mise en place–ing and tweezering had somehow frozen the joy, the gustatory pleasure, the hot, messy act of cooking. Julia Kramer, Bon Appetit, "Forest to Table: How the Oldest Cooking Method Became the (Literal) Hottest Trend in Restaurants," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of gustatory

1684, in the meaning defined above

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gustatory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gustatory

: relating to taste or the sense of taste

gustatory

adjective
gus·​ta·​to·​ry | \ˈgəs-tə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \

Medical Definition of gustatory 

: relating to, affecting, associated with, or being the sense of taste gustatory nerves gustatory stimulation

Other Words from gustatory

gustatorily \ ˌgəs-​tə-​ˈtōr-​ə-​lē, -​ˈtȯr-​ \ adverb

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