Roof of mouth
roof of mouth --> palate
The fixed portion, or palate proper, supported by the maxillary and palatine bones, is called the hard palate to distinguish it from the membranous and muscular curtain which separates the cavity of the mouth from the pharynx and is called the soft palate, or velum.
Origin: L. Palatum: cf. F. Palais, Of. Also palat.