(Hebrew Ta`am, "the sense of taste," "perception," from Ta`am, "to taste," "to perceive"; Aramaic Te`em, "flavor," "taste" (of a thing); Hebrew chekh, "palate," "roof of the mouth" = "taste"; geuomai; noun geusis; in 2 Macc 7:1 the verb is ephaptomai):
(a) Gustation, to try by the tongue: "The taste (ta`am) of it manna was like wafers made with honey" (Ex 16:31); "Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate (chekh) tasteth (Ta`am) its food?" (Job 12:11); "Belshazzar, while he tasted (literally, "at the taste of," Te`em) the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, might drink therefrom" (Da 5:2).
(b) "To sample," "to eat but a small morsel": "I did certainly taste (Ta`am) a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand; and, lo, I must die" (1Sa 14:43).
"To experience," "to perceive": "Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good" (Ps 34:8; compare 1Pe 2:3); "How sweet are thy words unto my taste!" (margin "palate," chekh) (Ps 119:103); "That by the grace of God he should taste of death for every man" (Heb 2:9); "For as touching those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the , and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come .... " (Heb 6:4,5).