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flavor

[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
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
1300-1350
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
Related forms
flavorless, adjective
deflavor, verb (used with object)
overflavor, verb
preflavor, noun, verb (used with object)
unflavored, adjective
well-flavored, adjective
Synonyms
1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit.
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Examples from the web for flavors
  • Two other well known cabernet sauvignon flavors are mint and eucalyptus.
  • These contain resins and tars, which impart undesirable resinous and chemical flavors.
  • Fillers of various strengths are usually blended to produce desired cigar flavors.
  • One of the largest applications is the production of flavors.
Word Origin and History for flavors

flavor

n.

c.1300, "a smell, odor" (usually a pleasing one), from Old French flaour "smell, odor," from Vulgar Latin flator "odor," literally "that which blows," from Latin flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

The same Vulgar Latin source produced Old Italian fiatore "a bad odor." Sense of "taste, savor" is 1690s, perhaps 1670s; originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from influence of savor.

v.

1730s, from flavor (n.). Related: Flavored; flavoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flavors in Science
flavor
  (flā'vər)   
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flavors

flavor

adjective

: That's a very flava lady

noun

A sexually attractive woman (1960s+ Black)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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flavors in Technology


Lisp with object-oriented features by D. Weinreb and D.A. Moon , 1980.
["Object-Oriented Programming with Flavors", D.A. Moon, SIGPLAN Notices 21(11):1-8 (OOPSLA '86) (Nov 1986)].
(1994-12-01)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for flavors

flavor

in particle physics, property that distinguishes different members in the two groups of basic building blocks of matter, the quarks and the leptons. There are six flavours of subatomic particle within each of these two groups: six leptons (the electron, the muon, the tau, the electron-neutrino, the muon-neutrino, and the tau-neutrino), and six quarks (designated up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom).

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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