- suitable for use as food; edible.
- something edible, especially a vegetable.
Origin of esculent
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Examples from the Web for esculent
I have never eaten it, but I have no doubt of its esculent qualities.
It is not equal to many others of the Hypholomas as an esculent.
Esculent plants are those suitable for food (literally, full of food).Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
It is of little value as an esculent, and is rarely cultivated.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
It is astringent, esculent, and possesses a rich flavour and odour.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- any edible substance
C17: from Latin ēsculentus good to eat, from ēsca food, from edere to eat
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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