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[in-ed-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛd ə bəl/
not edible; unfit to be eaten.
Origin of inedible
First recorded in 1815-25; in-3 + edible
Related forms
inedibility, noun Unabridged
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  • Here was no meat, nothing but a threatening and inedible silence.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The vegetation is inedible, all of our food is synthetic and highly concentrated.

    The Copper-Clad World Harl Vincent
  • These wrappings and inedible casing were all brought to the surface and dropped.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • The fruit of the hybrid is inedible but the plant is a handsome ornamental.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The melon, inedible and uneaten, was removed, soup in cups was substituted.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • Whatever vorkum did, it certainly convinced insects that we were inedible and antisocial.

    To Choke an Ocean

    Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
  • Nor need there be used cups made from starch, plaster of Paris, or other inedible mixtures.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • Is it not safe to say that no other modeling medium—edible or inedible—possesses this threefold recommendation?

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
British Dictionary definitions for inedible


not fit to be eaten; uneatable
Derived Forms
inedibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for inedible

"unfit to eat," 1822, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + edible. Related: Inedibly; inedibility.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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