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eatable

[ee-tuh-buh l] /ˈi tə bəl/
adjective
1.
noun
2.
Usually, eatables. articles of food.
Origin of eatable
1475-1485
First recorded in 1475-85; eat + -able
Related forms
noneatable, adjective
uneatable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for uneatable
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  • The bread was sour and the Italian butter rank and cheesy—often uneatable.

    Samuel Butler: A Sketch Henry Festing Jones
  • This was all in accord with the Book of Daniel, and the jam that was uneatable because it was not dear enough.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • The chops were served to us the next morning charred black, uneatable.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • And the food got so uneatable that I lived on crackers for the last fortnight.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Puddings when cold are uneatable; and love when coldrife is near the breaking off.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The core itself, which is about the size and shape of the handle of a knife, is uneatable.

    The Cannibal Islands R.M. Ballantyne
  • Suppose they are nearly hatched,” I said; “I am afraid they would be uneatable!

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • Its flesh is uneatable except by an aboriginal or a victim to famine.

  • We merely shot it because it injured the maize, for its flesh is uneatable.

  • Not that we were not hungry, and not that the bread was uneatable.

    The Road

    Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for uneatable

uneatable

/ʌnˈiːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
not pleasant or safe enough to be eaten

eatable

/ˈiːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
fit or suitable for eating; edible
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Word Origin and History for uneatable

eatable

adj.

late 15c., from eat + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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