- acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste; savory: palatable food.
- acceptable or agreeable to the mind or feelings: palatable ideas.
Origin of palatable
1. delicious, delectable. Palatable, appetizing, tasty, savory all refer to tastes or aromas pleasing to the palate and in some cases to the olfactory nerves. Palatable has the least positive connotation of these terms, often referring to food that is merely acceptable and not especially good: a palatable, if undistinguished, main course; a barely palatable mixture of overcooked vegetables. Appetizing suggests stimulation of the appetite by the smell, taste of food, and is the only one of these words that can also refer to food pleasing to the eye: the appetizing aroma of baking bread; the table contained an appetizing display of meats, cheeses, and salads. Tasty refers to food that has a notable or especially appealing taste: mixed with bits of a tasty sausage; an especially tasty sauce. Savory refers most often to well or highly seasoned foods and applies to their appeal in both taste and smell: a savory, succulent roast of beef, spiced with slivers of garlic; the savory aroma of a simmering duck sauce. 2. pleasing, satisfactory.
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Examples from the Web for palatability
Palatability is an important factor in the digestibility of foods.Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
Finn investigated the palatability of a number of Indian insects.The Making of Species
In the third place, it is of that sort of palatability of which one does not tire.Camp and Trail
Stewart Edward White
Some growers speak highly of its palatability and nutrition.Clovers and How to Grow Them
The variety has about all the good points desirable except that its palatability is too low.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
- pleasant to taste
- acceptable or satisfactorya palatable suggestion
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Word Origin and History for palatability
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