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[guhs-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. of or relating to taste or tasting.
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Origin of gustatory

1675–85; < Latin gustā(re) to taste + -tory1
Related formsgus·ta·to·ri·ly, adverbun·gus·ta·to·ry, adjective
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Related Words for gustatory

auditory, visual, sensual, tactile, sonic, neurological, neural, audiovisual, olfactory, aural, sensational, acoustic, audible, auricular, clear, discernible, distinct, ocular, perceptible, plain

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Historical Examples of gustatory

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gustatory in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the sense of taste.
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