• WordNet 3.6
    • adj palatal produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin')
    • adj palatal relating to or lying near the palate "palatal index","the palatine tonsils"
    • n palatal a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Palatal (Phon) A sound uttered, or a letter pronounced, by the aid of the palate, as the letters k and y.
    • Palatal Of or pertaining to the palate; palatine; as, the palatal bones.
    • Palatal (Phonetics) Uttered by the aid of the palate; -- said of certain sounds, as the sound of k in kirk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • palatal In anatomy, of or pertaining to the palate; palatine: as, palatal arteries, nerves, muscles; the palatal plate of the maxillary bone. Also palatial.
    • palatal Uttered by the aid of the palate, as certain sounds. See II., 2.
    • n palatal A palatine bone or palate-bone proper, one of a pair, right and left, of facial bones entering into the formation of the hard palate. They exhibit the utmost diversity of shape and relative size, hut preserve constant position and relation in the bony framework of the upper jaw, where they are interposed between the supramaxillary bones in front and the pterygoid bones behind, and thus form an integral part of the preoral visceral arch. In their simplest form, the palatals are mere rods or plates extending horizontally from the pterygoids to the maxillaries. Their connection with the latter is closest, most frequently by fixed suture or ankylosis; with the former it is usually freer, often by movable articulation. There are many modifications of these bones in the lower vertebrates, and in the higher the tendency is to shortening, widening, heightening, and complete fixation, with some connections not acquired in lower animals. Such modifications reach a climax in man, where the palatals have a singular shape somewhat like the letter L, and very extensive articulations with no fewer than five other bones—the sphenoid, ethmoid, supramaxillary, maxilloturbinal, vomer—and with each other. The bone here consists of a horizontal part, or palatal plate, which extends mesad and meets its fellow of the opposite side, thus forming the back part of the bony palate, and of a vertical plate which reaches into the orbit of the eye by a part called the orbital process. Each bone thus enters into the formation of the walls of three cavities, of the mouth, nose, and eye; it also assists to form three fossæ, the zygomatic, sphenomaxillary, and pterygoid; it bounds part of the sphenomaxillary fissure, and contributes to closure of the orifice of the antrum of Highmore. The bone furnishes attachment in man to the azygos uvulæ muscle, the tensor palati, the superior constrictor of the pharynx, and both internal and external pterygoid muscles. Notwithstanding its complexity of figure and relations, it is a simple or single bone, developed in membrane from one center of ossification. See cuts under Anura, craniofacial, Crotalus, desmognathous, dromæognathous, Felidæ, palatoquadrate, Physeterinæ, Python, and sphenoid.
    • n palatal A sound usually produced by the upper surface of the tongue against a part of the palate further forward than that at which our kand g are made; but sometimes used of any sound made between the tongue and any part of the hard or soft palate. Thus, the German ch of ich is called palatal, and that of ach guttural; the Sanskrit has palatal sounds distinguished from gutturals; our i and e and y are called palatal, as also the compound ch and j. The term is a loose one, and requires definition as used by any authority.
    • palatal Situated on the outer lip, as the teeth at the aperture of a shell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Palatal pertaining to the palate: uttered by aid of the palate—also Pal′atine
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.”
  • Seneca
    “The pleasures of the palate deal with us like the Egyptian thieves, who strangle those whom they embrace.”
  • William Mcilvanney
    William Mcilvanney
    “Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Taken in any context, except seriously, life on earth is palatable and positively enjoyable.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. palatal,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. palat—L. palatum.


In literature:

Obviously the enterprise was not directed at some gross victim whose palate might permit his swallowing anything.
"Children of the Whirlwind" by Leroy Scott
I have received, and tasted of your present; which is a 'tres grand vin', but more cordial to the stomach than pleasant to the palate.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
He delayed it, much as an epicure delays the consumption of a delectable morsel, heightening by suspense the keen desire of his palate.
"The Shame of Motley" by Raphael Sabatini
These, however, John Rex found too salt to be palatable, and was compelled to reject them.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
Austria wishes to be the head of Germany, and as such would devour one German state after another, as a very palatable morsel.
"Old Fritz and the New Era" by Louise Muhlbach
Yet it proved to be rarely palatable.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
The Shaker palate was never tickled with delicacies, yet the food was well cooked and sufficiently varied.
"Homespun Tales" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
I have often eaten snakes and always found them palatable and nutritive, though it was difficult to stew them to a tender state.
"A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson" by Watkin Tench
Your taste must be more indifferent and free; so delicate a palate is not required to make a good toper.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
And now that she saw nothing her palate savoured it more intensely.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
What can the grub's palate appreciate in this monotonous fare?
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
It was an extraordinary repast, for to both my eye and my palate the viands were utterly unknown.
"The Gates of Chance" by Van Tassel Sutphen
However, like other dried legumes, long cooking is required to make them tender and palatable.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
If well seasoned and served hot, it makes a very palatable dish.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It makes little difference whether the palate is pleased or not.
"Seed Thoughts for Singers" by Frank Herbert Tubbs
Whether he attempted to shave we say not, but he tested its palatableness by chewing up the handle.
"Forest Life and Forest Trees: comprising winter camp-life among the loggers, and wild-wood adventure." by John S. Springer
I have found them eatable, but not palatable.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
This ape is very fond of shellfish, and there is a certain kind of sand-crab that suits his palate exactly.
"The Little Gleaner, Vol. X." by Various
If not rich enough to suit some palates, one-fourth of a pound best butter may be worked in.
"Clayton's Quaker Cook-Book" by H. J. Clayton
But it is disgusting to the palate, and sometimes prolongs its action beyond desired results.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

Look it's the third shadow
On our imagined walk
Unexpected abyss
Between our words
Hoofs clattering
Below the vaults of our palates
"Far Within Us #2" by Vasko Popa
Palate, the hutch of tasty lust,
Desire not to be rinsed with wine:
The can must be so sweet, the crust
So fresh that come in fasts divine!
"The Habit Of Perfection" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Wou'd you your writings to some Palates fit
Purged all you verses from the sin of wit
For authors now are so conceited grown
They praise no works but what are like their own.
"Couplets on Wit" by Alexander Pope
With these are cherries mellow to the stone;
Into such ripeness bath the summer nursed them,
The velvet pressure of the tongue alone
Against the palate were enough to burst them.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
Come, rest your Head if Earth rotative seems
And close your Lids from these o'er wakeful Gleams -
Although your Palate cringe you shall not shrink
Within the Kitchen of the House of Dreams.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
By nerves about our palate placed,
She likewise judges of the taste;
Else (dismal thought!) our warlike men
Might drink thick Port for fine Champaign,
And our ill-judging wives and daughters, Mistake small-beer for citron-waters.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto I." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Lomita will again attempt to make the water from its new well and treatment plant palatable to residents, spending $80,000 to blend imported and well water.
But could it be that the beautiful interior design subtly enhances your palate.
But few food items both soak up booze and satisfy the palate before a night of gambling like sushi, of which An del Sol has plenty of.
Chef Robb Wyss keeps Illini Country Club patrons' palates entertained .
New cookbook appeals to the eye as well as the palate.
Her palate-cleansing bottle of ice water is in front of her.
Premium Performance at a Palatable Price.
Obamas' Chow: Politically Palatable .
Palatable Pleasures, featuring fresh and organic food, opened on the West End rotary in the Wachovia Securities around the Fourth of July.
But the first bite dispelled any concerns about texture and rewarded our palates with salutary flavor.
Peru, South America's palate pleaser par excellence .
As we chew down to the rind of this bitter political season, a palate cleanser seems in order.
Whet Your Topshop Palate With a Peek at the Clothes You Can Buy There.
Each month, the writers will each separately visit a Lansing-area restaurant before "casting their palates" with a qualitative subjective review.
Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth.

In science:

We find this possibility to be the least palatable.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
We tried to keep our exposition at a level palatable for the nonspecialist who wishes to gain an overall but not superficial understanding of the issue.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Hence, classically there are still causal paths connecting the observer to the singularity. A more palatable option is that these metrics only show up in a finite region of spacetime, and are patched to exterior metrics without CTCs, as in .
Causal Structure of d=5 Vacua and Axisymmetric Spacetimes
The Subset Collection Axiom has a more palatable formulation (equivalent to it relative to the other axioms), called Fullness (see ).
A Unified Approach to Algebraic Set Theory
There is some similarity between PFSDT/PCSFT theory and the differential space theory of Wiener and Siegel , which was made more palatable for physicists by Bohm and Bub (WSBB, – ).
Detection model based on representation of quantum particles by classical random fields: Born's rule and beyond
The methodology aims at being palatable to developers who are not fluent in formal techniques but are comfortable with writing simple specifications.
What Good Are Strong Specifications?
While fostering rigor and accuracy in specifications, MBC is still palatable to practitioners because its notation is part of the programming language.
What Good Are Strong Specifications?
We also demonstrated that the effort required to write the strong specifications was moderate thanks to the methodology that is practical and palatable to professionals not fluent in formal techniques.
What Good Are Strong Specifications?
None of these possibilities are very palatable, nor particularly credible.
Wide Field Spectroscopy and the Universe
If you don’t find this sort of anthropic explanation palatable, consider the following fable.
Theories of the Cosmological Constant
If the above reasoning and computations are correct, one confronts a set of alternatives, none of which are very palatable (for a survey see e.g.
The Quantum Physics of Black Holes: Results from String Theory
Our contributions are twofold: First, some may find our direct proof via trial functions more palatable than arguments relying on considerable machinery.
The essential spectrum of Schrodinger, Jacobi, and CMV operators