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They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate and some other stuff going on.
R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  the upper surface of the mouth


a sense of taste
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palates palate
Strongly Associated with:   palette, pallet
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  • They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate and some other stuff going on.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • I had a surgery to fix my cleft palate when I was a baby, and then a second cleft surgery when I was four, but I still have a hole in the roof of my mouth.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • His friends marveled at the rigidity of his self-control, but what he didn’t tell them was that it had more to do with his limited palate than discipline.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The tantalizing odor reached our meat-starved palates.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place

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  • How vividly there still lingers on my palate the suety aftertaste of the Salisbury steak at Bickford’s, or Riker’s western omelette, in which one night, nearly swooning, I found a greenish, almost incorporeal feather and a tiny embryonic beak.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The taste was fully up to the promise, and I closed my eyes in bliss, letting the wine fumes tickle the back of my palate before reluctantly allowing each sip of nectar to trickle down my throat.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But what of that, so long as it tickles the palate more strongly?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Keating flopped down in an armchair, leaned back and clicked his tongue against his palate.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The words of the hymn were like the drops of frozen rain melting on the dry palate of the panting earth.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • They were savoury and delicate to the palate, neither too sweet nor too salty.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • Because your palate his not yet been attuned to the sublimity of the substances it flavors.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It was the first time she’d eaten ice cream and Mariam had never imagined that such tricks could be played on a palate.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They shriek and wail a long, high song with quivering soft palates, like babies dying of hunger.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Why sweat they under burdens? let their beds Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates Be season’d with such viands?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The ragged round hole over his mouth was deep and jet black and showed no sign of lip, teeth, palate or tongue.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Stubb was a high liver; he was somewhat intemperately fond of the whale as a flavorish thing to his palate.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He said it was a feast for the eye as well as the palate.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Just because I am returning to the Queen’s realm does not mean I intend to subject my palate to bangers and mash for the rest of my days.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • There were flavours on his palate that had lingered there not less than sixty or seventy years, and were still apparently as fresh as that of the mutton chop which he had just devoured for his breakfast.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He took a mouthful, drew it up, saturated his palate with it and then spat it forth into the grate.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He also drank half a glass of this sparingly served wine, and found it to be nothing but that horrible Montreuil—the terror of all expert palates.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I spent the other half doing what I really wanted to, which was to fly around the world—to Central America, to sub-Saharan Africa, to South Asia, and to the Far East—and work on children, repairing cleft lips and palates, removing facial tumors, repairing injuries to their faces.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But then delicious pickles appeared, which caused a Japanese palate to cry out for rice, and he decided to have a bowl after all.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • It was warm enough to unzip her jacket and think of summer and soccer camp and what it would be like when her palate expander was finally removed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Jelinek kept rye bread on hand and smoked fish and strong imported cheeses to please the foreign palate.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Adam leaned back in his chair, and very soon he went to sleep and his mouth dropped open and he snored across his palate.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But what do quantities matter, provided we can use a human belly and palate to produce querulousness, impatience, uncharitableness, and self-concern?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Hm…. yes…. very poor people and all with cleft palates…. yes.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • They were eating borsch, the rich, red soup with sour cream so dear to Russian palates.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • If it had been wet sand, even, it would have had those little wave marks, like the palate of your mouth.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • This is the story I promised to tell you, and if I have been tedious in telling it, I will not be slow to serve you; my hut is close by, and I have fresh milk and dainty cheese there, as well as a variety of toothsome fruit, no less pleasing to the eye than to the palate.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I have been thrilled to think that I owed a mental perception to the commonly gross sense of taste, that I have been inspired through the palate, that some berries which I had eaten on a hillside had fed my genius.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • But he did not relish the hash for the mention of Clongowes had coated his palate with a scum of disgust.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • "I could have pledged him with all my soul," said Athelstane, "for my tongue cleaves to my palate."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Eve, now I see thou art exact of taste, And elegant, of sapience no small part; Since to each meaning savour we apply, And palate call judicious; I the praise Yield thee, so well this day thou hast purveyed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The Emperor cleared his throat to speak, but the child spoke first — a thin voice with traces of a soft-palate lisp, but clear nonetheless.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • You have crushed the grapes against your palate.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Three drinks seemed to be sacred to the company—port, sherry, and rum; outside which old-established trinity few or no palates ranged.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • It was a matter of palate.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • A local woman, a cook named Tsugi Kaiama, came to the rescue of the boys’ palates with an inviting delicacy: juicy hamburgers.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He heard his father draw a deep breath and lock it against his palate, then let it out harshly against the bones of his nose in a long snort of annoyance.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • The weed dazed us until we got hungry enough to drift down the street to a pizza parlor, where we’d order two-for-one large specials and burn sheets of skin off our upper palates on the first bite.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Let husbands know Their wives have sense like them: they see and smell And have their palates both for sweet and sour, As husbands have.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Alas, their love may be called appetite,— No motion of the liver, but the palate,— That suffer surfeit, cloyment, and revolt; But mine is all as hungry as the sea, And can digest as much: make no compare Between that love a woman can bear me And that I owe Olivia.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • The character marked by such qualities has to an unvitiated taste an untampered-with flavor like that of berries, while the man thoroughly civilized, even in a fair specimen of the breed, has to the same moral palate a questionable smack as of a compounded wine.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • On rainy afternoons, embroidering with a group of friends on the begonia porch, she would lose the thread of the conversation and a tear of nostalgia would salt her palate when she saw the strips of damp earth and the piles of mud that the earthworms had pushed up in the garden.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A year later, he had an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine concerning cleft palates.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • It was not, after all, opportunity but imagination that he lacked: he had a mental palate which would never learn to distinguish between railway tea and nectar.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He was enchanted by her approbation of his taste, confessed it to be neat and simple, thought it right to encourage the manufacture of his country; and for his part, to his uncritical palate, the tea was as well flavoured from the clay of Staffordshire, as from that of Dresden or Save.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
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