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[in-ed-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛd ə bəl/
not edible; unfit to be eaten.
Origin of inedible
1815-25; in-3 + edible
Related forms
inedibility, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inedible
  • Ask students to volunteer to bring in items, both edible and inedible, that they think represent the season.
  • Some offerings contain inedible plant seeds or empty insect exoskeletons.
  • There isn't much room on a spaceship or space station, so plants must have short stems and few inedible parts.
  • Free-range egg-laying chickens can easily turn inedible garden pests into food in the form of eggs.
  • They leave the shells and spines and other inedible parts that contribute to the ecosystem.
  • Before they became domesticated crops, wild bananas were inedible fruit stuffed with stony seeds.
  • In the wild, the banana is an inedible fruit stuffed with stony seeds.
  • They are forced to eat food that is by any normal standard inedible.
  • The servant chose to eat the fish, but gave up halfway, as they were indeed inedible.
  • Frozen food in domestic and supermarket freezers would become inedible within days.
British Dictionary definitions for inedible


not fit to be eaten; uneatable
Derived Forms
inedibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for inedible

"unfit to eat," 1822, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + edible. Related: Inedibly; inedibility.

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