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edible

[ed-uh-buh l] /ˈɛd ə bəl/
adjective
1.
fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent.
noun
2.
Usually, edibles. edible substances; food.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin edibilis, equivalent to ed(ere) to eat + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
edibility, edibleness, noun
nonedibility, noun
nonedible, adjective, noun
nonedibleness, noun
unedible, adjective
Can be confused
addable, edible.
Synonyms
1. comestible, consumable.
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  • Some peas are for shelling, some have edible pods, and others can be eaten either way.
  • AN edible gift may be the solution to the problem of what to present to a weekend hostess.
  • The landscape plan calls for shade trees, vines on trellises on the south side of the house, and edible landscaping on the north.
  • Hunter-gatherers' practice of scouring surroundings for edible plants is responsible for only half of their moniker.
  • Animals are rarely served whole, and innards are not considered worth marketing and have faded from the inventory of edible foods.
  • Females clearly prefer males bearing edible presents.
  • They were crunchy on the outside, although the skin was thin enough to be thoroughly edible.
  • T his genus includes many ornamental twining vines as well as the edible sweet potato.
  • Fortunately, the edible pumpkin is not completely lost.
  • As far as the zoological viewpoint is concerned, if the material is edible animal flesh, it could be considered meat.
British Dictionary definitions for edible

edible

/ˈɛdɪbəl/
adjective
1.
fit to be eaten; eatable
Derived Forms
edibility, edibleness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for edible
adj.

1590s, from Late Latin edibilis "eatable," from Latin edere "to eat," from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cf. Sanskrit admi "I eat;" Greek edo "I eat;" Lithuanian edu "I eat;" Hittite edmi "I eat," adanna "food;" Old Irish ithim "I eat;" Gothic itan, Old Swedish and Old English etan, Old High German essan "to eat;" Avestan ad- "to eat;" Armenian utem "I eat;" Old Church Slavonic jasti "to eat," Russian jest "to eat").

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