<jargon> (US: flavor) 1. Variety, type, kind. "DDT commands come in two flavors." "These lights come in two flavors, big red ones and small green ones." See vanilla.

2. The attribute that causes something to be flavourful. Usually used in the phrase "yields additional flavour". "This convention yields additional flavour by allowing one to print text either right-side-up or upside-down." See vanilla.

This usage was certainly reinforced by the terminology of quantum chromodynamics, in which quarks (the constituents of, e.g. protons) come in six flavours (up, down, strange, charm, top, bottom) and three colours (red, blue, green), however, hackish use of "flavor" at MIT predated QCD.

3. The term for "class" (in the object-oriented sense) in the LISP Machine Flavors system. Though the Flavors design has been superseded (notably by the Common LISP CLOS facility), the term "flavor" is still used as a general synonym for "class" by some Lisp hackers.

American spelling: flavor

(01 Mar 1994)

1. The quality affecting the taste or odour of any substance.

2. A therapeutically inert substance added to a prescription to give an agreeable taste to the mixture.

Origin: M.E., fr. O. Fr., fr. L.L. Flator, aroma, fr. Flo, to blow

American spelling: flavor

(05 Mar 2000)

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