/tay"steuhr/, n.
1. a person who tastes, esp. one skilled in distinguishing the qualities of liquors, tea, etc., by the taste.
2. a container for taking samples or tasting.
3. a wide shallow cup, usually metal, for holding wine to be tasted, as by a professional taster.
4. a person employed or ordered to taste the food and drink prepared for a king, dictator, etc., to ascertain the presence of poison.
5. Genetics. a person able to taste phenylthiourea or some other test substance.
[1350-1400; ME tastour < AF. See TASTE, -ER1]

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