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agreeably stimulating to the palate; especially spicy
engagingly provocative; also having a lively arch charm

These days, the word has a positive connotation – whether it's applied to spicy food or provocative wit. It hasn't always been. It once meant 'disagreeably sharp; stinging; provocative; cutting.' Its ancestor meant 'to prick or sting.'

extremely pleasing to the senses, especially of taste or smell
Comes from the Greek word for 'immortality' because it was the food of the Greek and Roman gods (nectar was their drink).

food; victuals
In addition to meaning food, this word refers to both a soft thick wormlike larva and a slovenly person. All these senses developed from a Middle English word meaning 'to dig.'

a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides
The word comes from the Japanese for 'savoriness; flavor.' It first appeared in English in 1979, although the taste had been isolated and named seventy years earlier, by chemistry professor Dr. Kikunae Ikeda.

related to or associated with eating or the sense of taste
A late 17th century creation coined from the Latin gustare meaning 'to taste.' It was originally used in technical contexts to describe things like the mouth's nerves, but in the 21st century it's no stranger to cooking magazines where it's paired with words like pleasure and delight.

(slang) mouth
Dates to the 1983 horror movie Christine, in which a character says 'Then shut your _____.'

an oversize wine bottle holding about 16 times the volume of a normal bottle
One of the largest of all wine bottle sizes is named after a 6th century B.C. king of Babylon mentioned in the Bible: 'Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.' (Daniel 5:1, King James Version)

having the flavor of game; especially: having the flavor of game kept uncooked till near tainting
This word has a number of other uses that pick up on the idea of 'tainted.' These uses are fairly rare, at least in America, but are still evocative. For example, it can mean 'sordid, scandalous,' as in 'he gave us all the ____ details'; or 'corrupt, disreputable,' as in 'a ____ character'

intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas
Onomatopoeic, or imitative – it sounds like the thing it describes. It's a New Latin word (Latin as used in scientific description and classification) that comes from the Greek borboryzein, 'to rumble.'

occurring after a meal
Although the Latin root actually means 'late breakfast; lunch,' this word now refers to activities after any meal, especially those that aid digestion.

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