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prelibation

[pree-lahy-bey-shuh n] /ˌpri laɪˈbeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a foretaste.
Origin of prelibation
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin praelībātiōn- (stem of praelībātiō) a foretaste, anticipation, equivalent to praelībāt(us) (past participle of praelībāre to taste beforehand) + -iōn- -ion. See pre-, libation
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  • I am sure that to them the invocation of Beelzebub is a prelibation of carnality.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for prelibation

prelibation

/ˌpriːlaɪˈbeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(rare) an advance taste or sample; foretaste
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin praelībātiō a tasting beforehand, offering of the first fruits, from Latin prae before + lībāre to taste
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