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esculent

[ es-kyuh-luh nt ]
/ ˈɛs kyə lənt /
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adjective

suitable for use as food; edible.

noun

something edible, especially a vegetable.

RELATED WORDS

comestible, digestible, eatable, edible, palatable, consumable, fare, foodstuff, nutriment, provender, provision, provisions, edibles, victual

Nearby words

escuage, escudero, escudo, escuintla, esculapian, esculent, esculin, escurial, escutcheon, esd., esda

Origin of esculent

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

esculent

/ (ˈɛskjʊlənt) /

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

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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