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inedible

[in-ed-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not edible; unfit to be eaten.
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Origin of inedible

First recorded in 1815–25; in-3 + edible
Related formsin·ed·i·bil·i·ty, noun
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Related Words

uneatablebadbitterdisagreeableindigestiblenauseatingpoisonousrancidrottensickeningsourspoiledtaintedtastelessunappetizingunsavoryyuckycontaminatedturnedyukky

Examples from the Web for inedible

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Historical Examples

  • Here was no meat, nothing but a threatening and inedible silence.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The vegetation is inedible, all of our food is synthetic and highly concentrated.

  • These wrappings and inedible casing were all brought to the surface and dropped.

    Edge of the Jungle

    William Beebe

  • The fruit of the hybrid is inedible but the plant is a handsome ornamental.

  • The melon, inedible and uneaten, was removed, soup in cups was substituted.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for inedible

inedible

adjective
  1. not fit to be eaten; uneatable
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Derived Formsinedibility, noun
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Word Origin and History for inedible

adj.

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

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