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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Sour ales are all the rage, and for that, our taste buds are thankful. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019 So mixologists, confronted with trying to recreate a dessert made for the taste buds of children, have found different routes. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Creamsicle Day: Celebrate by mixing up your own creamy cocktail with these recipes," 14 Aug. 2019 The reputation of the food has been mediocre at best over the years; Fullilove now aims to make taste buds levitate. Los Angeles Times, "The one place in Los Angeles to buy the best yogurt in America," 27 July 2019 Through some magical sleight of hand — sleight of taste bud? Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beer and Ninja Turtles, a refreshing Comic-Con combo," 18 July 2019 That means thinking outside the box and catering to a variety of taste buds. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "5 Delicious Pasta Salads You Need At Your Next Cookout," 28 June 2019 But their mutual fascination with the art of beer is enough to warrant a monthly meeting of the minds—and taste buds. Emma Simmons, al.com, "Local homebrew clubs bring community to beer lovers," 18 June 2019 Too much of this can be terrible, but used judiciously, that glaze can produce a sweet-smoky-salty combo that pleases nearly every cluster of taste buds. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 The resolution took effect February 1, 1979, and allowed a nation to discover fresher, fascinating alternatives to the handful of beers that had strangled generations of taste buds. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "How Goose Island sale to Anheuser-Busch changed craft beer; new book by Tribune beer writer Josh Noel," 9 May 2018

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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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