- edible; eatable.
- Usually comestibles. articles of food; edibles: The table was spread with all kinds of comestibles.
Origin of comestible
Examples from the Web for comestible
He wrote to Paris and London for all the delicacies of the "comestible" shops.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
The seeds yield an oil that is used for illumination and as a comestible.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
If one comestible ran short, there should be another to take its place.The Pace That Kills
But the abalone—as a Christian comestible he is a stranger to me and the tooth o' me.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
Even Vaniman could not have used more bitter words to express his detestation for soap as a comestible.When Egypt Went Broke
- (usually plural) food
- a rare word for edible
Word Origin and History for comestible
1837, "article of food," from French comestible (14c.), from Late Latin comestibilis, from Latin comestus, past participle of comedere "eat up, consume," from com- "thoroughly" (see com-) + edere "to eat" (see edible). It was attested earlier as an adjective (late 15c.) meaning "fit to eat" but seems to have fallen from use 17c., and the word was reintroduced from French.