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Palate

/ˈpalit/ Noun, pl. palates 1. In vertebrate anatomy, the roof of the mouth, separating the oral and nasal cavities. It consists of an anterior hard palate of bone and, in mammals, a posterior soft palate that has no skeletal support and terminates in a fleshy, elongated projection called the uvula. (global.britannica.com) 2. A person’s appreciation of taste and flavor. (Google Dictionary) 3. (figuratively) relish; taste; liking (from the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste). (wiktionary.org) 4. (figuratively) Mental relish; intellectual taste. (wiktionary.org) 5. (Botany) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon. (wiktionary.org) Word Origin: from Old French palat and directly from Latin palatum “roof of the mouth,” perhaps of Etruscan origin. Popularly considered the seat of taste, hence transferred meaning “sense of taste” (late 14c.), which also was in classical...

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Paleo –

/ˈpalɪəʊ,ˈpeɪlɪəʊ/ Prefix 1. Ancient, early, prehistoric, primitive. (etymonline.com) 2. Older or ancient, especially relating to the geological past. (Google Dictionary) Word origin: Before vowels pale– word-forming element used in scientific combinations (mostly since c.1870), from Greek palaio-, comb. form of palaios “old, ancient,” from palai “long ago, far back,” related to palin “again, backwards,” tele– “far off, at a...

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Paleontology

/ˌpālēˌənˈtäləjē/ Noun 1. Scientific study of life of the geologic past that involves the analysis of plant and animal fossils, including those of microscopic size, preserved in rocks. It is concerned with all aspects of the biology of ancient life forms: their shape and structure, evolutionary patterns, taxonomic relationships with each other and with modern living species, geographic distribution, and interrelationships with the environment. (global.britannica.com) 2. The scientific study of prehistoric life. It includes the study of fossils to determine organisms’ evolution and interactions with each other and their environments (their paleoecology). As a “historical science” it attempts to explain causes rather than conduct experiments to observe effects. (wikipedia.org) 3. The study of fossil organisms and other related remains. (biology-online.org) 4. A science dealing with the life of past geological periods as known from fossil remains. (merriam-webster.com) Syn: fossilology Also spelled as: palaeontology Word origin: From Greek palaios “old, ancient” + onto, “being” + logie,...

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