Definition of perishable in English:



  • 1(especially of food) likely to decay or go bad quickly:

    ‘the storage of perishable foods’
    ‘caviar is extremely perishable’
    • ‘If the room temperature is above 90 F, refrigerate perishable foods within one hour.’
    • ‘The first mate was in charge on deck, and Devlin, the cook, was cooking up a meal of all the perishable food.’
    • ‘Check use-by dates on packaging and pay particular attention to perishable foods, such as vacuum packed smoked salmon or ham and dairy products.’
    • ‘A former shopkeeper has been fined for having perishable food on sale past its use-by date.’
    • ‘All the perishable food would have to be eaten the first day since the fridge had no electricity.’
    • ‘Don't leave perishable food items to overheat in the boot of your car while you do other shopping.’
    • ‘Another factor to keep in mind is that ground beef is highly perishable.’
    • ‘Edgar handed his visitor a mug while he put the perishable food away in the fridge.’
    • ‘Soon many of you will be going away to school and will have to, for the first, brave the world of perishable food items.’
    • ‘Also, the loss of perishable foods may skew data on restaurant sales and grocery store receipts.’
    • ‘Place all perishable food in the refrigerator as soon as possible after purchase.’
    • ‘Pack just the amount of perishable food that can be eaten at lunch.’
    • ‘In its solid form, known as dry ice, it is used to chill perishable food during transport.’
    • ‘Staff have organised two trolley loads of perishable food for the hospice and Santa will be picking up the presents.’
    • ‘The Pot-in-pot system allows perishable food to be kept for long periods.’
    • ‘The care required for perishable food also raises the costs.’
    • ‘If perishable meat, sheep, and dairy products were sitting in ships for long periods of time, that could hurt our economy.’
    • ‘Inside were all of the perishable food items along with a flagon of milk.’
    • ‘Then I put in perishable foods like rolls and donuts.’
    • ‘More new stores will offer more perishable food than ever.’
    liable to rot, easily spoilt, decomposable, biodegradable
    putrescible, decayable, putrefiable
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    1. 1.1 (of something abstract) having a brief life or significance; transitory:
      ‘ballet is the most perishable of arts’
      • ‘Second, the performing arts are also perishable products that cannot be returned or resold.’
      • ‘The Army needs these linguists trained and mission ready, maintaining their perishable language skills.’
      • ‘Nobody can predict future opinions on so perishable an art as that of the motion picture.’
      • ‘If books are not the most perishable products of human civilization, they have, throughout recorded history, attracted the homicidal attentions of every conquering army.’
      physical, bodily, corporeal, fleshly, corporal, earthly
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  • Things, especially foodstuffs, likely to decay or go bad quickly:

    ‘the shipment was delivered eventually though some of the perishables had gone off’
    • ‘Today I threw out several hundred dollars worth of perishables.’
    • ‘It is expected to handle 900,000 tonnes of perishables daily.’
    • ‘We have refrigerators, but we'd like to get a big plastic-wrapping machine so we could preserve the perishables longer.’
    • ‘A number of residents have contacted the council about this and have been told to put extra wrapping on perishables.’
    • ‘The nuts were shipped at the higher rate for perishables.’
    • ‘While dry goods can be sold for delivery virtually anywhere, perishables have to be sold close to the destination.’
    • ‘Imagine how much easier food storage and transportation would be if perishables didn't have to be refrigerated.’
    • ‘With the focus, by and large, turning to door delivery, in the case of consumer durables as well as perishables, the location factor has been obscured.’
    • ‘All along one side of the kitchen were crates full of oranges, bread, butter, and other perishables.’
    • ‘The most likely option is to continue to have the perishables delivered as they currently are instead of integrating them into configured loads.’
    • ‘With perishables, you need to turn over your inventory faster, and you have refrigeration issues.’
    • ‘For instance, some have taken dry goods out of their designated aisles and are merchandising them with perishables.’
    • ‘And presumably they manage to use up most of the perishables they buy before they go off.’
    • ‘In the 1800s, people turned to paperboard boxes, paper bags, and tin cans to preserve perishables.’
    • ‘We have perishables in our hold that are losing value every second I stand here arguing about it.’
    • ‘Anyway, when I finally finished the kitchen yesterday I was left with a mountain of perishables I couldn't take with me.’
    • ‘I realised that the lowly-paid young assistant would reduce the price of perishables at the same time each day.’
    • ‘While you work, pack perishables in an insulated cooler or a container lined with ice packs.’
    • ‘You may want to take a cooler with ice for perishables.’
    • ‘The interior was often divided into two or three compartments for different types of cones and canisters of sugar, or other expensive perishables such as coffee and tea.’