Definition of comestible in US English:



usually comestibles
  • An item of food.

    ‘a fridge groaning with comestibles’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘They haul every kind of comestible sea creature out of the Mediterranean, pile them high in the market and cook them with simple elegance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Hardtack’, as the soldiers called this, represented the zenith of comestible durability and the nadir of taste.’
    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’.