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comestible

[kuh-mes-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. edible; eatable.
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noun
  1. Usually comestibles. articles of food; edibles: The table was spread with all kinds of comestibles.
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Origin of comestible

1475–85; < Late Latin comēstibilis, equivalent to Latin comēst(us), past participle of comedere to eat up (see comedo; -ēstus for -ēs(s)us by analogy with gestus, ūstus, etc.; see combust) + -ibilis -ible; see eat
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • If one comestible ran short, there should be another to take its place.

  • But the abalone—as a Christian comestible he is a stranger to me and the tooth o' me.

  • Even Vaniman could not have used more bitter words to express his detestation for soap as a comestible.


British Dictionary definitions for comestible

comestible

noun
  1. (usually plural) food
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adjective
  1. a rare word for edible
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin comestibilis, from comedere to eat up; see comedo
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Word Origin and History for comestible

n.

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.

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