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[guhs-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈgʌs təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
of or relating to taste or tasting.
Origin of gustatory
1675-85; < Latin gustā(re) to taste + -tory1
Related forms
gustatorily, adverb
ungustatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was the food, and the sight of him excited in her the gustatory sensations.

    White Fang Jack London
  • And so our royal relative is dead!And so he rests from gustatory labors!

  • Because the gustatory nerves are not distributed to that part of the tongue.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • As for gustatory sensations, they are very rare and without interest.

  • Because they thereby bring the wine in contact with the under surface of the tongue, in which the gustatory nerves chiefly reside.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • The habit was subtly characteristic of the man, because it was so suggestive of gustatory enthusiasm.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon

    A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • For the sense of sight cannot perceive taste, nor can color be apprehended by the gustatory sense.

  • To such, the nearer the flavor approaches that of smoked herring and tobacco, the greater the gustatory gratification.

    Hints on cheese-making Thomas Day Curtis
  • Real enjoyment ought not to be dependent upon feasting and gustatory pleasures.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • Or the gustatory romance of Cheddar cheese, musty ale, roast lamb and greens.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
Word Origin and History for gustatory

1680s, from Latin gustatus "sense of taste; a taste," noun use of past participle of gustare "to taste" (see gusto) + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gustatory in Medicine

gustatory gus·ta·to·ry (gŭs'tə-tôr'ē) or gus·ta·tive (-tə-tĭv)
Of or relating to the sense of taste.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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