esculent

[es-kyuh-luh nt]

adjective

suitable for use as food; edible.

noun

something edible, especially a vegetable.

Origin of esculent

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

noun

any edible substance

adjective

edible

Word Origin for esculent

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

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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