Definition of comestible in US English:



usually comestibles
  • An item of food.

    ‘a fridge groaning with comestibles’
    • ‘Do not, under any circumstances, provide them with comestibles containing sugar.’
    • ‘Particularly lacking in a food desert are fresh comestibles: all food available is processed or precooked, full of salt and the worst kind of fat, and lacking in vital ingredients.’
    • ‘The fundamental idea is that porridge, pulses, whole-grains and other hippie comestibles eliminate the hunger pangs born of sugar lows; they keep you satiated for longer, leaving you less open to the pernicious call of the fridge.’
    • ‘Six of Edmonton's most scrumptious purveyors of comestibles along with a dessert and scotch supplier will donate some of their best wares to the event.’
    • ‘Now go all the way - check out their desserts and other comestibles.’
    nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, subsistence, fare, bread, daily bread
    fodder, feed, forage, herbage, pasturage, silage
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  • Edible.

    ‘comestible plants’
    • ‘‘Hardtack’, as the soldiers called this, represented the zenith of comestible durability and the nadir of taste.’
    • ‘We were about to help celebrate the falling of one of the last, and among the most storied, comestible taboos in our European culture.’
    • ‘Women could point out the medicinal and comestible plants with which they are particularly familiar.’
    • ‘When the microwaved frozen produce of pizza and pasta chains is the height of culinary standards, as it is for many, we should hang our heads in comestible shame.’
    • ‘They haul every kind of comestible sea creature out of the Mediterranean, pile them high in the market and cook them with simple elegance.’
    juicy, moist, luscious, lush, fleshy, pulpy, soft, tender, fresh, ripe
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Late 15th century: from Old French, from medieval Latin comestibilis, from Latin comest- ‘eaten up’, from the verb comedere, from com- ‘altogether’ + edere ‘eat’.