What does edible mean?

Definitions for edible
ˈɛd ə bəled·i·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comestible, edible, eatable, pabulum, victual, victualsadjective

    any substance that can be used as food

  2. edible, comestible, eatableadjective

    suitable for use as food


  1. ediblenoun

    Anything edible.

  2. ediblenoun

    a foodstuff infused with THC usually cannabutter baked good

  3. edibleadjective

    That can be eaten without harm; non-toxic to humans; suitable for consumption.

    edible fruit

  4. edibleadjective

    That can be eaten without disgust.

    Although stale, the bread was edible.

  5. Etymology: From edibilis, from edere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Edibleadjective

    Fit to be eaten; fit for food.

    Etymology: from edo, Latin.

    Some flesh is not edible; as horses and dogs. Francis Bacon.

    Wheat and barley, and the like, are made either edible or potable by man’s art and industry. Henry More, against Atheism.

    Some of the fungus kind, gathered for edible mushrooms, have produced a difficulty of breathing. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    The edible creation decks the board. Matthew Prior.


  1. Edible

    An edible item is any item that is safe for humans to eat. "Edible" is differentiated from "eatable" because it does not indicate how an item tastes, only whether it is fit to be eaten. Nonpoisonous items found in nature – such as some mushrooms, insects, seaweed, and so forth – are referred to as edible. Processed items that normally are not ingested but are specially manufactured to be so, like edible underwear or edible packaging, are also labeled as edible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Edibleadjective

    fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent; as, edible fishes

  2. Ediblenoun

    anything edible

  3. Etymology: [L. edibilis, fr. edere to eat. See Eat.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Edible

    ed′i-bl, adj. fit to be eaten.—n. something for food.—ns. Edibil′ity, Ed′ibleness, fitness for being eaten. [L. edibilisedĕre, to eat.]

Editors Contribution

  1. edible

    Suitable to eat.

    The aquatic food was edible and everyone was very grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

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  1. belied

  2. debile

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of edible in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of edible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of edible in a Sentence

  1. Suzan Mazor:

    Young children react differently to marijuana -- different than adults or teens usually do, they're more likely to be sleepy, with difficulty walking and extreme confusion after an exposure to marijuana. Also, since kids are smaller, they get a bigger dose per pound of body weight from the same-size edible product, so they are more likely to have severe effects.

  2. Dennis Oonincx:

    If you look at the attributes of these crickets and these mealworms, certain things are very similar, they both need a warm environment, so they need a lot of energy. Both are efficient at using the feed. And they have a very high edible portion.

  3. Matthew Gray:

    Finding a pearl in an edible oyster is very rare, anecdotally, it's estimated to be something like 1/10,000, but I think this is being generous.

  4. Sean Sherman:

    We look at the world around us today through an Indigenous perspective and try to find out what is our relationship with these plants that grow around us today as our indigenous ancestors did, is it edible, medicinal, can you craft with it, like what is the purpose, what is our relationship ?

  5. Professor House:

    We envisioned and tested the concept of simultaneously treating astronauts’ waste with microbes while producing a biomass that is edible either directly or indirectly, depending on safety concerns, it’s a little strange, but the concept would be a little bit like Marmite or Vegemite, where you’re eating a smear of ‘microbial goo’.

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