Definition of esculent in US English:

esculent

adjective

formal
  • Fit to be eaten; edible.

    • ‘Edible algae as well as higher plants that are manipulated so that they are esculent as a whole are cultivated there.’
    • ‘There are few sorts of fruit trees or esculent vegetables which require less depth of earth to grow in than two feet to bring them to perfection.’

noun

formal
  • A thing, especially a vegetable, which is fit to be eaten.

    • ‘The Senate resolution requesting the Canal Board to reduce the rate of freight on apples and all esculents transported on the canal, was adopted.’
    • ‘In 1806, McMahon mentions four sorts of celery in his list of garden esculents for American use.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin esculentus, from esca ‘food’, from esse ‘eat’.

Pronunciation

esculent

/ˈɛskjələnt//ˈeskyələnt/