Appetencies
Appetency Ap"pe*ten*cy, n.; pl. {Appetencies}. [L. appetentia, fr. appetere to strive after, long for. See {Appetite}.] 1. Fixed and strong desire; esp. natural desire; a craving; an eager appetite. [1913 Webster]

They had a strong appetency for reading. --Merivale. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: An instinctive inclination or propensity in animals to perform certain actions, as in the young to suck, in aquatic fowls to enter into water and to swim; the tendency of an organized body to seek what satisfies the wants of its organism. [1913 Webster]

These lacteals have mouths, and by animal selection or appetency the absorb such part of the fluid as is agreeable to their palate. --E. Darwin. [1913 Webster]

3. Natural tendency; affinity; attraction; -- used of inanimate objects. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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