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pălātum , i, n., and (rarely) pălātus , i, m. perh. from root pa-of pasco,
I.the palate.
B. Trop., the palate, as the organ of taste and judgment: “(Epicurus) dum palato quid sit optimum judicat,Cic. N. D. 2, 18, 49: “orationis condimentum, quod sentitur latente judicio velut palato,Quint. 6, 3, 19.—*
II. Transf. (of the form of the palate), a vault: caeli, Enn. ap. Cic. N. D. 2, 18, 38 (Enn. p. 177, n. 19 Vahl.).
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