Meaning of edible

edible




If it’s edible, you can eat it. Many things that you may not want to eat are, in fact, edible. Certain insects are edible, which just means that you can consume them without getting sick (if it doesn’t gross you out too much).

Edible comes from the Latin word edere, which means “to eat.” Anything that people can safely eat is described as edible. Long before there were complex labels on our packages of food, human predecessors were living in caves and sampling various plants and animals for their survival, all the while learning the hard way whether or not certain things were either edible or poisonous. You are most likely a descendant of the ones who found the edible stuff.

Definitions of edible
  1. adjective

    suitable for use as food

    synonyms:

    comestible, eatable

    killable

    fit to kill, especially for food
    non-poisonous, nonpoisonous, nontoxic

    safe to eat
    pareve, parve

    containing no meat or milk (or their derivatives) and thus eatable with both meat and dairy dishes according to the dietary laws of Judaism
    digestible

    capable of being converted into assimilable condition in the alimentary canal
    palatable, toothsome

    acceptable to the taste or mind
    tender

    easy to cut or chew
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    Antonyms:

    inedible, uneatable

    not suitable for food
    poisonous

    not safe to eat
    indigestible

    digested with difficulty
    unpalatable

    not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
    tough

    resistant to cutting or chewing
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  2. noun

    any substance that can be used as food

    synonyms:

    comestible, eatable, pabulum, victual, victuals

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    types:

    tuck

    eatables (especially sweets)
    type of:

    food, nutrient

    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

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