appetence (noun) – intense desire, craving, or appetite (also appetency)
BREAKDOWN: AP- (toward) + PET- (seek) + -ENCE (state or quality)
— appetent means full of craving or desire
— appetite is a strong desire or hunger, particularly for food or drink
— appetizing means stimulating hunger or craving
This word is built on the root PET-, which means to seek, ask, or strive.
Common PET- words include appetite, competent, competition, petition, and repeat.
More esoteric PET- words include appetent and petulance.