flavor

[fley-ver]
noun
1.
taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
2.
a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
3.
the characteristic quality of a thing: He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
4.
a particular quality noticeable in a thing: language with a strong nautical flavor.
5.
Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
6.
Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
verb (used with object)
7.
to give flavor to (something).
Also, especially British, flavour.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French fla(o)ur < Late Latin *flātor stench, breath, alteration of Latin flātus a blowing, breathing, (see flatus), perhaps with -or of fētor fetor

flavorless, adjective
deflavor, verb (used with object)
overflavor, verb
preflavor, noun, verb (used with object)
unflavored, adjective
well-flavored, adjective


1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit.
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flavour or flavor (ˈfleɪvə)
 
n
1.  taste perceived in food or liquid in the mouth
2.  a substance added to food, etc, to impart a specific taste
3.  a distinctive quality or atmosphere; suggestion: a poem with a Shakespearean flavour
4.  a type or variety: various flavours of graphical interface
5.  physics a property of quarks that enables them to be differentiated into six types: up, down, strange, charm, bottom (or beauty), and top (or truth)
6.  flavour of the month a person or thing that is the most popular at a certain time
 
vb
7.  (tr) to impart a flavour, taste, or quality to
 
[C14: from Old French flaour, from Late Latin flātor (unattested) bad smell, breath, from Latin flāre to blow]
 
flavor or flavor
 
n
 
vb
 
[C14: from Old French flaour, from Late Latin flātor (unattested) bad smell, breath, from Latin flāre to blow]
 
'flavourer or flavor
 
n
 
'flavorer or flavor
 
n
 
'flavourless or flavor
 
adj
 
'flavorless or flavor
 
adj
 
'flavoursome or flavor
 
adj
 
'flavorsome or flavor
 
adj

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flavor
c.1300, "a smell, odor," from O.Fr. flaour "smell, odor," from V.L. flator "odor," lit. "that which blows," from L. flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with O.E. blawan (see blow (v.1)). The same V.L. source produced O.It. fiatore "a bad odor." Sense
of "taste, savor" is 1697, originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from infl. of savor.
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Science Dictionary
flavor   (flā'vər)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force.
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Since it is flavorless, warfarin is a plausible weapon of murder.
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