- the act of tasting.
- the faculty of taste.
Origin of gustation
1590–1600; < Latin gustātiōn- (stem of gustātiō), equivalent to gustāt(us) (past participle of gustāre to taste) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples of gustation
Gustation was meant to be delightful; and cooking is certainly half as good as tasting.
- the act of tasting or the faculty of taste
Word Origin for gustation
C16: from Latin gustātiō, from gustāre to taste
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Word Origin and History for gustation
"act of tasting," 1590s, from Latin gustationem (nominative gustatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gustare "to taste" (see gusto).
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- The act of tasting.
- The sense of tasting.
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