perishable

[ per-i-shuh-buh l ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪ ʃə bəl /

adjective

subject to decay, ruin, or destruction: perishable fruits and vegetables.

noun

Usually perishables. something perishable, especially food.

Nearby words

  1. perisarc,
  2. periscope,
  3. periscopic,
  4. perish,
  5. perish the thought,
  6. perished,
  7. perishing,
  8. perishingly,
  9. perisigmoiditis,
  10. perisperm

Origin of perishable

First recorded in 1605–15; perish + -able

Related formsper·ish·a·bil·i·ty, per·ish·a·ble·ness, nounper·ish·a·bly, adverbun·per·ish·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for perishable

perishable

/ (ˈpɛrɪʃəbəl) /

adjective

liable to rot or wither

noun

(often plural) a perishable article, esp food
Derived Formsperishability or perishableness, nounperishably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for perishable

perishable

adj.

late 15c., perysabyl, from Middle French périssable, and later (in modern form), 1610s, directly from perish + -able. As a noun, perishables, in reference to foodstuffs, is attested from 1895.

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