palato-, palat- +
(Latin: roof of the mouth)
The alveolar process is the portion of bone in either the maxilla or the mandible which surrounds and supports the teeth.
The palpus is a feeler; especially, one of the jointed sense organs attached to the mouth organs of insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and annelids; such as, the mandibular palpi, maxillary palpi, and labial palpi. The palpi of male spiders serve as sexual organs.
2. Pertaining to something not acceptable to the mind or to the senses: In the changing room at the gym, the odor of the athletes was impalatable and disgusting.
2. Having the characteristics of being acceptable to the mouth: Different terms, or adjectives, relating to the tastes or aromas which are enjoyable when eating a meal are palatable, appetizing, tasty, and delicious.
Palatable has the least positive connotation of these terms, often referring to food that is merely passable and not especially good, as a palatable, if undistinguished main course, a barely palatable mixture of overcooked vegetables.
3. Inclined to be acceptable or agreeable to the mind, sensibilities, or feelings: John had some palatable ideas to be considered and Agatha had a palatable solution to the problem.
2. The quality of being acceptable to the mind or to one's feelings: The palatableness of Jenny's letter made Susan extremely happy and it was full of optimism about her new life as a single mother following her recent divorce.
2. Pertaining to how an idea or method is acceptable for an individual: Tony decided that he would accept the job because it was palatably suitable for him because of the satisfactory payment, friendly co-workers, and agreeable hours of work.
2. Relating to or lying near the palate; a palatal sound.
3. Produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as "y") or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as "ch" in "chin" or "j" in "gin".
The front portion is bony (hard palate), and the back portion is muscular (soft palate).2. The sense of taste: "We had a dinner which delighted the palate."
3. Intellectual or aesthetic taste; mental appreciation.
4. Etymology: "roof of the mouth", from Old French palat, from Latin palatum, "roof of the mouth"; perhaps of Etruscan origin. Popularly considered the seat of taste, hence transferred meaning "sense of taste" from about 1526.
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