Definition of edible in US English:



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

    ‘nasturtium seeds are edible’
    • ‘The reefs have been picked clean of many of the more popular forms of edible seaweed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But there are some less well-known edible plants that are also very attractive to look at.’
    • ‘Many of the edible seaweeds mentioned in the article can be hard to find.’
    • ‘In fact, the creamy white flesh is barely edible; it's tasteless and slimy.’
    • ‘I had no idea there were 13 types of edible beans.’
    • ‘When it comes to edible gifts, the list of things to make is endless.’
    • ‘Sally told herself and started looking around the areas, hoping to find some wild berries or other edible fruits.’
    • ‘If you like edible flowers, try some of the tiny white blossoms sprinkled onto salads.’
    • ‘Customers can also add greeting card or photo or logo to be laminated on the cakes, as edible part.’
    • ‘Nearby were dozens of morel mushrooms: the most prized edible fungus in North America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since ancient times, locals have planted rape flowers to extract edible oil.’
    • ‘The staff were arrogant, the meal was barely edible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This applies mostly to the larger edible variety, which are a delicacy for a number of households, both urban and rural.’
    • ‘The lakes and rivers and coastline provided fish and shellfish, as well as edible algae.’
    • ‘There are many inedible poisonous mushrooms out there to be mistaken for edible ones.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can also be used to create unique and fun edibles with gelatin, chocolate, and cheese or butter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, once again I soon depleted all desirable edibles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Generous and hospitable to a fault, he does not forget to bring in all kinds of edibles, from fruits to biscuits and cereals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around the house is a mix of edibles (persimmon, grapes) and old-fashioned plants like wisteria that suggests a restored ranch garden.’
    • ‘After the Mass all present sat down to a four course full Christmas dinner of turkey, ham and other edibles, which was delicious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It doesn't recognize the utter practicality of it, the need to supply yourself with edibles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the long and miserable forty days of Lent, desirable edibles such as eggs and butter were not permitted to be eaten.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Immediately, everyone sprawled around in an uproar, plucking edibles and foodstuffs from cabinets and shelves.’
    • ‘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.’
    nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, subsistence, fare, bread, daily bread
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Late 16th century: from late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere ‘eat’.