|the anterior bony portion of the roof of the mouth, extending backwards to the soft palate|
|1.||hard palate See soft palate the roof of the mouth, separating the oral and nasal cavitiesRelated: palatine|
|2.||the sense of taste: she had no palate for the wine|
|3.||relish or enjoyment|
|4.||botany (in some two-lipped corollas) the projecting part of the lower lip that closes the opening of the corolla|
hard palate n.
The anterior part of the palate, consisting of the bony palate covered above by the mucous membrane of the nose, and below by the mucoperiosteum of the roof of the mouth.
palate pal·ate (pāl'ĭt)
The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.
See under palate.
|palate (pāl'ĭt) Pronunciation Key
The roof of the mouth in vertebrate animals, separating the mouth from the passages of the nose. ◇ The bony part of the palate is called the hard palate. ◇ A soft, flexible, rear portion of the palate, called the soft palate, is present in mammals only and serves to close off the mouth from the nose during swallowing.
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.
Note: It is sometimes said that a person has a “cultivated palate” if he or she has a discerning taste for food.