One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having a (usually pleasant) flavour or odour; appetizing, fragrant.
2Figurative. That is relished or enjoyed; able to be savoured; delightful.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From Middle French saverous, savorous (French savoureux) delicious, flavoursome, (of a woman's mouth or kiss) delightful, sweet, tempting (both 1200 in Old French) from post-classical Latin saporosus.
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