<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."
2. The attribute that causes something to be flavourful. Usually used in the
phrase "yields additional flavour". "This convention yields additional flavor 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
flavors (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 Though the Flavors design has been superseded (notably by the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.
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