Definition of edible in English:



  • Fit to be eaten (often used to contrast with unpalatable or poisonous varieties)

    ‘the shrub has small edible berries’
    • ‘If you like edible flowers, try some of the tiny white blossoms sprinkled onto salads.’
    • ‘There are many inedible poisonous mushrooms out there to be mistaken for edible ones.’
    • ‘The reefs have been picked clean of many of the more popular forms of edible seaweed.’
    • ‘The lakes and rivers and coastline provided fish and shellfish, as well as edible algae.’
    • ‘The staff were arrogant, the meal was barely edible.’
    • ‘Nearby were dozens of morel mushrooms: the most prized edible fungus in North America.’
    • ‘I had no idea there were 13 types of edible beans.’
    • ‘Customers can also add greeting card or photo or logo to be laminated on the cakes, as edible part.’
    • ‘When it comes to edible gifts, the list of things to make is endless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But there are some less well-known edible plants that are also very attractive to look at.’
    • ‘This applies mostly to the larger edible variety, which are a delicacy for a number of households, both urban and rural.’
    • ‘Many of the edible seaweeds mentioned in the article can be hard to find.’
    • ‘Sally told herself and started looking around the areas, hoping to find some wild berries or other edible fruits.’
    • ‘Since ancient times, locals have planted rape flowers to extract edible oil.’
    • ‘Students also find and consume edible plants and build shelters using natural found materials.’
    • ‘Would-be pickers should be wary of traditional rules for separating edible fungi from poisonous varieties.’
    • ‘Since he didn't wish to lose time by hunting, he searched for edible roots and berries.’
    • ‘A frog will starve to death in a field of perfectly edible dead bugs.’
    • ‘In fact, the creamy white flesh is barely edible; it's tasteless and slimy.’
    safe to eat, fit to eat, fit to be eaten, fit for human consumption, wholesome, good to eat, consumable, digestible, palatable, comestible
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  • Items of food.

    ‘delicatessen, as the name suggests, means delicate edibles’
    • ‘Immediately, everyone sprawled around in an uproar, plucking edibles and foodstuffs from cabinets and shelves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around the house is a mix of edibles (persimmon, grapes) and old-fashioned plants like wisteria that suggests a restored ranch garden.’
    • ‘Generous and hospitable to a fault, he does not forget to bring in all kinds of edibles, from fruits to biscuits and cereals.’
    • ‘After they get a fire going and sufficient wood stocked up, they eat supper that consists of some stew and some edibles they find around the camp.’
    • ‘They can also be used to create unique and fun edibles with gelatin, chocolate, and cheese or butter.’
    • ‘During the long and miserable forty days of Lent, desirable edibles such as eggs and butter were not permitted to be eaten.’
    • ‘It doesn't recognize the utter practicality of it, the need to supply yourself with edibles.’
    • ‘After the Mass all present sat down to a four course full Christmas dinner of turkey, ham and other edibles, which was delicious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They grow their own vegetables and collect wild edibles such as mushrooms and berries.’
    • ‘Nutritional science is demonstrating that some edibles - call them functional foods - do far more than provide essential nutrients for normal maintenance and development.’
    • ‘These special edibles and, to a lesser extent, foods advertised as ‘especially for women,’ are the latest marketing hook.’
    • ‘Wisely, most campers leave the wild edibles to game show contestants and the hopelessly lost.’
    • ‘However, once again I soon depleted all desirable edibles.’
    • ‘That's why in our annual holiday season search for incredible edibles, we decided to focus on American purveyors of foods that make us feel good.’
    • ‘Most of us immediately wipe up spills in the fridge, and we all know we should tightly seal food before stowing it, and toss out edibles past their prime.’
    • ‘And still the vermin stole and ate every morsel of edibles they found.’
    • ‘At the same time, the discipline calls for a little sacrifice in the renunciation of the abundance of edibles so as to be able to feel the pain of hunger, resulting from a lifestyle enforced by poverty.’
    nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, subsistence, fare, bread, daily bread
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Late 16th century: from late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere ‘eat’.