a. Perceptible to the sense of taste; having flavor.
b. Having a strong pleasant flavor; savory.
2. Pleasing to the mind; engaging.
[Latin sapidus, from sapere, to taste; see sep- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
sa·pidi·ty (să-pĭdĭ-tē, sə-) n.
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