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edible

[ed-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent.
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noun
  1. Usually edibles. edible substances; food.
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Origin of edible

1605–15; < Late Latin edibilis, equivalent to ed(ere) to eat + -ibilis -ible
Related formsed·i·bil·i·ty, ed·i·ble·ness, nounnon·ed·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ed·i·ble, adjective, nounnon·ed·i·ble·ness, nounun·ed·i·ble, adjective
Can be confusedaddable edible

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1. comestible, consumable.
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edible

adjective
  1. fit to be eaten; eatable
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Derived Formsedibility or edibleness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for edible

adj.

1590s, from Late Latin edibilis "eatable," from Latin edere "to eat," from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cf. Sanskrit admi "I eat;" Greek edo "I eat;" Lithuanian edu "I eat;" Hittite edmi "I eat," adanna "food;" Old Irish ithim "I eat;" Gothic itan, Old Swedish and Old English etan, Old High German essan "to eat;" Avestan ad- "to eat;" Armenian utem "I eat;" Old Church Slavonic jasti "to eat," Russian jest "to eat").

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