PRONUNCIATION: (dee-guh-STAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: Tasting samples of a variety of similar foods or drinks.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin degustare (to taste), from de- (completely) + gustare (to taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, ragout, and disgust. Earliest documented use: 1651.

DEBUSTATION - the Greyhound terminal

DEGASTATION - where you fill up the tank

DEGESTATION - For unto us a child is born (Messiah season begins next weekend!)