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taster

[tey-ster] /ˈteɪ stər/
noun
1.
a person who tastes, especially one skilled in distinguishing the qualities of liquors, tea, etc., by the taste.
2.
a container for taking samples or tasting.
3.
a wide shallow cup, usually metal, for holding wine to be tasted, as by a professional taster.
4.
a person employed or ordered to taste the food and drink prepared for a king, dictator, etc., to ascertain the presence of poison.
5.
Genetics. a person able to taste phenylthiourea or some other test substance.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tastour < Anglo-French. See taste, -er1
Related forms
pretaster, noun
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taster

/ˈteɪstə/
noun
1.
a person who samples food or drink for quality
2.
any device used in tasting or sampling
3.
a person employed, esp formerly, to taste food and drink prepared for a king, etc, to test for poison
4.
a sample or preview of a product, experience, etc, intended to stimulate interest in the product, experience, etc, itself: the single serves as a taster for the band's new album
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