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taste bud

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 of taste bud
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We have, apparently, four kinds of taste buds, one for each of these kinds of taste.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • Just cuddle a crumb with your tongue and if it tickles the taste buds it's prime.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • The nerves of the sense of taste terminate in the tongue, or rather in the tiny cells of the tongue which are called "taste buds."

    Your Mind and How to Use It

    William Walker Atkinson
  • Scattered about on that organ are many tiny sense organs known as taste buds.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • These buds seem to carry the sense of feeling, and are said to be represented in mammals by the taste buds in our tongues.

British Dictionary definitions for taste buds

taste bud

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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taste buds in Science
taste bud

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