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[per-i-shuh-buh l] /ˈpɛr ɪ ʃə bəl/
subject to decay, ruin, or destruction:
perishable fruits and vegetables.
Usually, perishables. something perishable, especially food.
Origin of perishable
1605-15; perish + -able
Related forms
perishability, perishableness, noun
perishably, adverb
unperishable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for perishable
  • Tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, is a vital and perishable ingredient of nuclear bombs.
  • Because the chain's products are delicate or perishable they must be handled with far more care than rice or wheat.
  • The group said it was considering legal action to recoup damages for the tons of perishable goods left rotting in warehouses.
  • He kept mulling over its ultimately perishable nature.
  • Sour cherries are more perishable than sweet cherries, so many of the faithful pick their own.
  • If you don't make a habit of eating perishable food that has been left out too long, don't worry about bacteria.
  • perishable foods should be dated and kept refrigerated, and discarded when they expire.
  • Supermarkets are a low-margin business, in part because a large proportion of their stock consists of perishable goods.
  • But as her dramatic range widened, she became better known for her perishable stage work than her film roles.
  • As milk is perishable, farmers were compelled to sell it for whatever they were offered.
British Dictionary definitions for perishable


liable to rot or wither
(often pl) a perishable article, esp food
Derived Forms
perishability, perishableness, noun
perishably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for perishable

late 15c., perysabyl, from Middle French périssable, and later (in modern form), 1610s, directly from perish + -able. As a noun, perishables, in reference to foodstuffs, is attested from 1895.

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