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[ed-uh-buh l]
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  1. fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent.
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  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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Examples from the Web for edibility

Historical Examples

  • The habitat and time of growth of each plant is given, also its edibility.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • I have no doubt of their edibility but I have not eaten them.

  • I have not eaten this species but I have no doubt of its edibility.

  • Many a basketful has been brought to me to be identified with the hope of their edibility.

  • The edibility of these nuts may account for the common name, "cow oak."

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

British Dictionary definitions for edibility


  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 edibility



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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