taste bud
noun Date: 1879 an end organ mediating the sensation of taste and lying chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • taste bud — n [C usually plural] one of the small parts of the surface of your tongue with which you can taste things …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • taste bud — taste′ bud n. anat. one of numerous small flask shaped bodies, chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue, that are the sense organs of taste …   From formal English to slang

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  • taste bud — n. an oval cluster of cells embedded principally in the epithelium of the tongue and functioning as the sense organ of taste …   English World dictionary

  • Taste bud — Infobox Anatomy Name = Taste bud Latin = caliculus gustatorius GraySubject = 222 GrayPage = 991 Caption = Semidiagrammatic view of a portion of the mucous membrane of the tongue. Two fungiform papillæ are shown. On some of the filiform papillæ… …   Wikipedia

  • taste bud — one of numerous small, flask shaped bodies, chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue, which are the end organs for the sense of taste. [1885 90] * * * ▪ anatomy  small organ located on the tongue in terrestrial vertebrates (vertebrate) that… …   Universalium

  • taste bud — noun an oval sensory end organ on the surface of the tongue • Syn: ↑tastebud, ↑gustatory organ • Hypernyms: ↑chemoreceptor • Part Holonyms: ↑tongue, ↑lingua, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • taste bud — taste buds also tastebud N COUNT: usu pl, oft poss N Your taste buds are the little points on the surface of your tongue which enable you to recognize the flavour of a food or drink …   English dictionary

  • taste bud — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Lepidoptera, specialized taste cells located on the tarsi …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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