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[ee-tuh-buh l] /ˈi tə bəl/
Usually, eatables. articles of food.
Origin of eatable
1475-85; eat + -able
Related forms
noneatable, adjective
uneatable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The kernel is sweet and eatable, not only for beasts, but for man.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • In every lot there are orange-trees, with oranges on them; but they are not the eatable fruit.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • I want to try for a duck or something else eatable, and to have a look at the country round about as well.

    Old Gold George Manville Fenn
  • What interested me more than all these was the sight of several articles that were eatable.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • It was impossible to procure food of an eatable kind here, or indeed at any other stancia throughout this part of the journey.

  • The Fucus esculentus, a kind of eatable sea-weed on our northern shores.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • When I was a child each guest was provided with a piece of paper in which to wrap up an eatable for people waiting outside.

  • There are but three houses round London at which an eatable dinner may be obtained.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • To be eatable, the puff-balls must be perfectly white to the very center.

British Dictionary definitions for eatable


fit or suitable for eating; edible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eatable

late 15c., from eat + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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