[in-ed-uh-buh l]


not edible; unfit to be eaten.

Origin of inedible

First recorded in 1815–25; in-3 + edible
Related formsin·ed·i·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inedibility

Historical Examples of inedibility

  • Their inedibility, which they owe to a more or less coriaceous epidermis and an armature of strong sharp spines (Fig. 6).

  • In some instances the inedibility of the larvae extends to the perfect insect, but not in others.

    Darwinism (1889)

    Alfred Russel Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for inedibility



not fit to be eaten; uneatable
Derived Formsinedibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for inedibility



"unfit to eat," 1822, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + edible. Related: Inedibly; inedibility.

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