OTHER WORDS FROM perishableper·ish·a·bil·i·ty, per·ish·a·ble·ness, nounper·ish·a·bly, adverbun·per·ish·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby perishable
What does perishable mean?
Perishable is used to describe an item, usually food, that typically spoils within a relatively short amount of time, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.
Such items are often simply called perishables. (When used as a noun, the term is most commonly plural.)
The term is often contrasted with nonperishables—food items that can be stored for a long time without spoiling, like dried grains, beans, and pasta.
Perishable foods need to be specially stored (like in a refrigerator) or eaten relatively quickly. Nonperishables, on the other hand, are things that will last a long time without refrigeration or other special storage.
Example: Let’s try to eat all the perishables before we go on vacation—we don’t want to come back to spoiled milk and rotting tomatoes.
Where does perishable come from?
Perish means “to die,” “to pass away,” or “to suffer ruin.” It comes from Latin perīre, which literally means “to go through” or “to spend fully.” The first records of perishable as an adjective come from around the 1400s. The use of perishable as a noun referring to foods came later. Many early uses of perishable referred to things prone to death and destruction. The word can still be used this way, but today it is most commonly used as a noun in reference to foods that spoil.
Anyone who’s ever waited too long to eat a tomato or tried to drink milk well past its expiration date knows what perishable means. Sometimes, the shelf life of perishables can be extended through some form of processing, such as aging, pickling, drying, freeze-drying, or freezing, among others. But in most cases, you just have to eat ’em before they “go bad.”
This is why nonperishable food is important during emergencies, such as natural disasters, when the regular supply of food is interrupted and electricity may not be available to run refrigerators. Some people keep at least a small supply of nonperishable food items for emergencies or just as part of their normal supply of staples, like dried pasta and bagged snacks. Food banks typically focus on storing nonperishable foods, though many accept perishables as well.
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What are some other forms related to perishable?
- perish (verb)
- nonperishable (adjective, noun)
- perishability (noun)
- perishableness (noun)
- perishably (adverb)
- unperishable adjective
What are some synonyms for perishable?
What are some words that often get used in discussing perishable?
How is perishable used in real life?
Perishable is most often used to refer to food, but it can also be used to describe other items that can go bad. When it’s used as a noun, it’s usually plural.
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Our concern is about how Post-harvest is handled by the farmers (safe storage of such perishables). For this reason we are venturing in development of solar cold room storage facilities for the perishables. So that quality and freshness is maintained and farmers earn more.
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Is perishable used correctly in the following sentence?
Let’s make sure we get all the perishable items in refrigeration.
How to use perishable in a sentence
Some ingredients have a shelf life of up to six months, while perishables, like produce, dairy and eggs, are delivered daily.
The child’s head was placed gently on some kind of perishable support, a pillow in readiness for the long sleep.A Cave Site in Kenya’s Forests Reveals the Oldest Human Burial in Africa|Alison Crowther|May 28, 2021|Singularity Hub
According to the Singapore Food Agency, these three types of goods are commonly consumed but are perishable and more susceptible to supply disruptions.Three ways Singapore is designing urban farms to create food security|Clarisa Diaz|March 31, 2021|Quartz
If you’re going to go with a perishable lunch, it’s better to refrigerate it first.
The ban, which also applies to Eurotunnel’s truck shuttles, threatens to disrupt just-in-time supply chains and to create shortages of some foods and perishable goods.
Amazon Subscribe & Save lets you “subscribe” to most of the non-perishable items that Amazon has in stock.3 Easy Ways To Make Fresh, Healthy Food A Regular Part Of Your Life|Ari Meisel|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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Capitalism is most concerned with food not being perishable, being shelf-stable.It’s the End of the World Unless We All Start Cooking|Rachel Khong|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Vast quantities of perishable goods are carried, but usually under definite regulations and contracts.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
All through schooltime the mowing-machine hummed its low harmony of perishable minutes and wasted sunlight.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
Not being perishable none are lost in shipping or by keeping.Walnut Growing in Oregon|Various
It seems to me that objects of that description are a trifle too perishable.Paul Patoff|F. Marion Crawford
Our religion then was given by God: and can God give a perishable imperfect religion?Aids to Reflection|Samuel Taylor Coleridge