Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, late 17th century
Relating to the quality of the taste of something
Relating to the sense of taste
Examples of Gustatory in a sentence
"His gustatory abilities were so refined that he decided to become a wine-competition judge."
"She had a cold and couldn’t appreciate the gustatory qualities of the home-cooked meal."
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Gustatory is a general adjective meaning anything related to taste, joining other sense-related terms like “aural” (hearing), “olfactory” (smell), and “tactile” (touch). It can concern the actual quality of the taste you perceive — sweet, salty, sour, or bitter — or it can refer to mechanics of taste, how the process actually occurs.
Did you Know?
Supertasters are a real thing. Scientists have identified a certain section of the population with a heightened gustatory sensitivity. These gustatory champions can thank the presence of a specific gene for their tasting abilities.