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taste bud

noun
1.
one of numerous small, flask-shaped bodies, chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue, which are the end organs for the sense of taste.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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Examples from the web for taste buds
  • Cells that recognize these flavors reside in taste buds located on the tongue and the roof of the mouth.
  • Walk across a bouncy rubber tongue complete with taste buds and realistic burping noises in the background.
  • The taste cells are clustered within the taste buds of the tongue and roof of the mouth, and along the lining of the throat.
  • The taste buds pick out four major sensations: sweet, sour, salt and bitter.
  • If you chomped into this mouth-watering meal, your taste buds would never trust you again.
  • The problem is that if kids never try different vegetables, their taste buds never mature.
  • One of the joys of journalism is that you get to stretch your taste buds.
  • They don't seem to taste so fishy anymore maybe my taste buds are duller.
  • taste buds predispose mammals to choose tasty foods.
  • Heirloom seeds are the best thing that ever happened to my taste buds.
British Dictionary definitions for taste buds

taste bud

noun
1.
any of the elevated oval-shaped sensory end organs on the surface of the tongue, by means of which the sensation of taste is experienced
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taste buds in Medicine

taste bud n.
One of a number of flask-shaped receptor cell nests located in the epithelium of the papillae of the tongue and in the soft palate, epiglottis, and pharynx that mediate the sense of taste.

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taste buds in Science
taste bud
  (tāst)   

Any of numerous sense organs in most vertebrate animals that are specialized to detect taste. Taste buds are sensitive to four types of taste: sweet, sour, salty, or bitter. In land vertebrates, the taste buds are found on the surface of the tongue. Fish have taste buds all over their bodies.
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taste buds in Culture

taste buds definition


Oval-shaped clusters of cells located on the tongue and lining of the mouth that contain special nerve endings that help give rise to the sense of taste.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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