One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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.’
Early 17th century: from Latin esculentus, from esca ‘food’, from esse ‘eat’.
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