Definition of indigestible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪndɪˈdʒɛstɪb(ə)l/


1(Of food) difficult or impossible to digest: haute cuisine was largely indigestible to the majority
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  • This for me was very refreshing considering I had indigestible food for breakfast.
  • One of the papers in Science reveals the genetics of a dominant gut bug that serves humans well by breaking down otherwise indigestible food.
  • Occasionally, cats eat grass in order to clear their stomach of indigestible food, like bones, fur, and feathers.
2Too complex or awkward to read or understand easily: a turgid and indigestible book
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  • He serves up vast helpings of indigestible fact.
  • He kept up to date by reading the papers and gorging on TV, digesting the indigestible.
  • Far too many words for comfort, quite indiscriminately absorbed, and now forming a stodgy, indigestible mass in my short-term memory.



Pronunciation: /ɪndɪdʒɛstɪˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Farmers can delay harvesting until conditions improve and suffer a drop of 0.5 units indigestibility for each day that harvesting is delayed after the grass has headed.
  • Tannins act as feeding deterrents either because of their astringency (reduction in palatability) or indigestibility (protein binding characteristics).
  • For many critics, the term ‘pastiche’ embodied the unacceptable indigestibility of stylistic mixing.


Example sentences
  • As you can see, it gets perilously dense, but never indigestibly campy.
  • It was also true that American English seemed a less élitist, more democratic vehicle of expression than their own indigestibly classical texts.
  • The prose in this book is well-written and easy to read, a blessing given how indigestibly ponderous most textbooks are.


Late 15th century: via French from late Latin indigestibilis, from in- 'not' + digestibilis (see digestible).

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