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flavor

[fley-ver]
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noun
  1. taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
  2. a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
  3. the characteristic quality of a thing: He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
  4. a particular quality noticeable in a thing: language with a strong nautical flavor.
  5. Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
  6. Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
verb (used with object)
  1. to give flavor to (something).
Also especially British, fla·vour.

Origin of flavor

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French fla(o)ur < Late Latin *flātor stench, breath, alteration of Latin flātus a blowing, breathing, (see flatus), perhaps with -or of fētor fetor
Related formsfla·vor·less, adjectivede·fla·vor, verb (used with object)o·ver·fla·vor, verbpre·fla·vor, noun, verb (used with object)un·fla·vored, adjectivewell-fla·vored, adjective

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1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit.
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  • One, monotonous insipid and flavorless; the other, spiced, appetizing and varied.

    Mal Moule

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • When they are small and soft they have no character, but if too old they are hard and flavorless.

    The Laurel Health Cookery

    Evora Bucknum Perkins

  • He went to Feroni's; the oysters were flavorless, the Burgundy tasted like ink.

    Debit and Credit

    Gustav Freytag

  • No wonder the preacher was disheartened, and preached a flavorless sermon.

    John Wesley, Jr.

    Dan B. Brummitt

  • I want the fig of Chios, not a flavorless fig; and in you this Chian fig is flavorless.

    The Satyricon, Complete

    Petronius Arbiter


Word Origin and History for flavorless

flavor

v.

1730s, from flavor (n.). Related: Flavored; flavoring.

flavor

n.

c.1300, "a smell, odor" (usually a pleasing one), from Old French flaour "smell, odor," from Vulgar Latin flator "odor," literally "that which blows," from Latin flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

The same Vulgar Latin source produced Old Italian fiatore "a bad odor." Sense of "taste, savor" is 1690s, perhaps 1670s; originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from influence of savor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flavorless in Science

flavor

[flāvər]
  1. Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force.
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