noun Etymology: Middle English apetit, from Anglo-French, from Latin appetitus, from appetere to strive after, from ad- + petere to go to — more at feather Date: 14th century 1. any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life; especially the desire to eat 2. a. an inherent craving <
an insatiable appetite for work
b. taste, preference <
the cultural appetites of the time — J. D. Hart
appetitive adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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