[ per-i-shuh-buhl ]
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  1. subject to decay, ruin, or destruction: perishable fruits and vegetables.

  1. Usually perishables. something perishable, especially food.

Origin of perishable

First recorded in1605–15; perish + -able

Other words from perishable

  • per·ish·a·bil·i·ty, per·ish·a·ble·ness, noun
  • per·ish·a·bly, adverb
  • un·per·ish·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perishable in a sentence

  • The lady of the flowers had been long dead, and her spirit was still supposed to bear the brand of perishability.

    In the South Seas | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The great lack of architectural ruins in the country today may be largely accounted for by its perishability.

British Dictionary definitions for perishable


/ (ˈpɛrɪʃəbəl) /

  1. liable to rot or wither

  1. (often plural) a perishable article, esp food

Derived forms of perishable

  • perishability or perishableness, noun
  • perishably, adverb

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