savour

savour
[13] Latin sapere meant both ‘taste’ and ‘be wise’. In the latter sense it has given English sapient, but the former only was preserved in its derived noun sapor ‘taste’. This found its way into English via Old French savour. The derivative savoury [13] originally meant ‘pleasant-tasting’. Its modern use, contrasted with sweet, dates from the 17th century. => SAPIENT

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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