Definition of edible in English:


Syllabification: ed·i·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈedəbəl


  • Fit to be eaten (often used to contrast with unpalatable or poisonous examples): nasturtium seeds are edible
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    • Certainly there is a corollary to this in the world of edible plants, where poisonous plants tend to be bitter, while edible plants and berries tend to be sweet.
    • This applies mostly to the larger edible variety, which are a delicacy for a number of households, both urban and rural.
    • Since he didn't wish to lose time by hunting, he searched for edible roots and berries.
    safe to eat, fit for human consumption, wholesome, good to eat; consumable, digestible, palatable
    formal comestible


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  • Items of food.
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    • It was the signal for us to assemble in his bailiwick, where we would find a waiting cornucopia of edibles: apples, oranges, candy, dried fruits, nuts, cookies, soft drinks.
    • Heinz makes ketchup, pizza crust, baby cereal and other edibles in such countries as Poland, Venezuela, Botswana, Thailand, and most of all, China and India.
    • Generous and hospitable to a fault, he does not forget to bring in all kinds of edibles, from fruits to biscuits and cereals.



Pronunciation: /ˌedəˈbilitē/
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  • The edibility of a planet's plant life is one of the factors of habitability.
  • The approach that a conservator takes depends on whether the artist judges it more important to preserve the work's appearance or remain true to chocolate's basic edibility.
  • Although fruit color is sometimes a conspicuous signal of edibility, I found no overall correlation between chromatic signals and sugar content.


late 16th century: from late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere 'eat'.

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