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[es-kyuh-luh nt]
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  1. suitable for use as food; edible.
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  1. something edible, especially a vegetable.
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Origin of esculent

1615–25; < Latin ēsculentus edible, full of food, equivalent to ēsc(a) food (cf. escarole) + -ulentus -ulent
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Historical Examples

  • It is not equal to many others of the Hypholomas as an esculent.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • I have never eaten it, but I have no doubt of its esculent qualities.

  • Esculent plants are those suitable for food (literally, full of food).


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • It is of little value as an esculent, and is rarely cultivated.

  • It is astringent, esculent, and possesses a rich flavour and odour.

British Dictionary definitions for esculent


  1. any edible substance
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  1. edible
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēsculentus good to eat, from ēsca food, from edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for esculent


1620s, from Latin esculentus "good to eat, eatable," from esca "food," from PIE *eds-qa- (cf. Lithuanian eska "appetite"), from root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).

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