- See under palate(def 1).
Origin of hard palate
- Anatomy. the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity.
- the sense of taste: a dinner to delight the palate.
- intellectual or aesthetic taste; mental appreciation.
Origin of palate
Examples from the Web for hard palate
The soft-palate is a structure which hangs from the posterior edge of the hard-palate.The Child-Voice in Singing
Francis E. Howard
- the anterior bony portion of the roof of the mouth, extending backwards to the soft palate
Word Origin and History for hard palate
late 14c., "roof of the mouth," from Old French palat and directly from Latin palatum "roof of the mouth," perhaps of Etruscan origin [Klein]. Popularly considered the seat of taste, hence transferred meaning "sense of taste" (late 14c.), which also was in classical Latin. Related: Palatal; palatalize.
- The anterior part of the palate, consisting of the bony palate covered above by the mucous membrane of the nose, and below by the mucoperiosteum of the roof of the mouth.
- The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.
- See under palate.
- The roof of the mouth in vertebrate animals, separating the mouth from the passages of the nose.♦ The bony part of the palate is called the hard palate. ♦ A soft, flexible, rear portion of the palate, called the soft palate, is present in mammals only and serves to close off the mouth from the nose during swallowing.
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.