taste bud


Definition of taste bud 

: an end organ mediating the sensation of taste and lying chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue

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The restaurant’s Italian beef sandwiches were last spotted at the Taste in 2009, but the thin, peppery slivers of beef are back to please your taste buds this year. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Try these Chicago classics at the 2018 Taste of Chicago," 5 July 2018 Thousands gathered at Inferno Fest June 27 in Highwood’s Everts Park in search of new ways to titillate their taste buds and savor new spicy creations. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, "Highwood's Inferno Fest celebrates all things spicy," 3 July 2018 The restaurant will also put together wine or whiskey tastings, so tailor the package to the bride or groom's taste buds. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago bachelor and bachelorette party ideas you can book at the last minute," 27 June 2018 The area has experienced a culinary awakening in the past few years, and 29 restaurants rousing our taste buds will be at the IndyStar Wine & Food Experience. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 Raspberry Negroni Sbagliato A spritz isn’t supposed to dominate your taste buds the way an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan might—it’s supposed to provide a breath of fresh air on a hot day, a brief respite from the hot sun. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Three New Spritzes For Your Summer Day Drinking Needs," 2 June 2018 For an international food company watching as the world’s taste buds shift away from its money-printing products, walking into Chew can feel like winning a golden ticket. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Can Adam Melonas cook up a food revolution from his secretive Fenway lab?," 27 June 2018 While your belly may not thank you, your taste buds certainly will. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "10 Fun Runs to Sign Up for This Summer," 22 May 2018 Surprise your taste buds by having breakfast for dinner with this similar recipe. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "20 Perfectly Paired Christmas Movie and Dinner Combos," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of taste bud

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of taste bud

: one of many small spots on your tongue that give you the ability to taste things

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Medical Definition of taste bud 

: an end organ that mediates the sensation of taste, lies chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue and especially in the walls of the circumvallate papillae, and consists of a conical or flask-shaped mass made up partly of supporting cells and partly of neuroepithelial sensory cells terminating peripherally in short hairlike processes which project into the pore in the overlying epithelium and by which communication with the mouth cavity is effected

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