|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|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
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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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.