Astringency

Today, I was trying to describe a taste, not sweetness, not bitterness, not saltines, not sourness in English, and I couldn’t figure it out. After research, I found the word I need- ASTINGENCY. It is a taste that “contain tannins or calcium oxalate that cause an astringent or puckering sensation of the mucous membrane of the mouth.” There are two more things I learned: A taste from Japanese- Umani and the “tongue map” of taste is an incorrect interpretation of our tongue sensation.

Reference:

1.Taste: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste

2. There is no “Tongue Map” of taste: http://sciencebasedlife.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/there-is-no-tongue-map-of-taste/

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About nczulauf

I am a visual person and a chart and graph nerd. It just how I understand things surrounded me.
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