perishable

[per-i-shuh-buhl]
adjective
1.
subject to decay, ruin, or destruction: perishable fruits and vegetables.
noun
2.
Usually, perishables. something perishable, especially food.

Origin:
1605–15; perish + -able

perishability, perishableness, noun
perishably, adverb
unperishable, adjective
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perishable (ˈpɛrɪʃəbəl)
 
adj
1.  liable to rot or wither
 
n
2.  (often plural) a perishable article, esp food
 
perisha'bility
 
n
 
'perishableness
 
n
 
'perishably
 
adv

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Example sentences
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.
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