Flashcards in Unit Twenty-One Deck (18):
Latin GUSTUS, “taste”
(gəs´ tō) n. Enthusiastic enjoyment
The hungry children dug into the delicious spaghetti with great gusto.
syn: relish ant: dislike
(gəs´ tə tôr ē) adj. Having to do with the sense of taste
Gene thanked the waiter for the best gustatory experience of his life.
Latin SAPERE, “to taste”
(in si´ pəd) adj. Dull; uninteresting
Latin in, “not,” + sapere = having no taste
Wendy quickly tired of her sister’s insipid conversation.
syn: colorless ant: intriguing
(sā´ pē ənt) adj. Having knowledge; wise
Human beings have long thought themselves the only sapient beings on planet Earth.
syn: conscious ant: unthinking
Latin AVERE, “to crave, to desire”
(a´ vəd) adj. Enthusiastic; eager
Stan was such an avid fan of the team that he called in sick rather than miss the big game.
syn: devoted ant: uninterested
(a´ və rəs) n. Desire for wealth;greed
Nelson’s avarice led him to make risky decisions on behalf of the company.
Latin BIBERE, “to drink”
(im bīb´) v. Drink; soak up
in, “into,” + bibere= drink in
Spanish merchants, having imbibed the culture of their Middle Eastern trading partners, brought new customs back to Spain.
(bi´ byə ləs) adj. Drunken
When I asked how the party was going, Chuck gave me a bibulous grin.
Latin GLUTTIRE, “to devour”
(glət) n. Too much of something; oversupply
The glut of similar-sounding songs on the radio station drove listeners to change the channel.
(glə´ tən) n. One who wants or takes too much (especially food or drink)
Anyone who eats as much turkey as Sheila did is a glutton in my opinion.
Latin PALATUM, “palate”
(pa´ lət) n. Taste or liking
Although many people like the music of Mozart, it does not suit my palate.