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.


  1. edible

    Edible refers to any substance that is safe for consumption by humans or other animals without causing harm or illness. It usually pertains to food or drink that provides nutritional value or serves culinary purposes. The term edible can be applicable to a wide range of items including fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, dairy products, insects, and even certain types of metals or minerals in trace amounts. However, what is considered edible can vary greatly depending on cultural, dietary, and personal preferences.

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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Anagrams for edible »

  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. 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 ?

  2. Jorgen Stoltz:

    If people see me holding a poisonous plant they will mistake it for being edible, some people are so keen and quick on the trigger to collect that they will pick up anything.

  3. Alexander Pryor:

    We found pieces of soft plant tissue typically found in edible roots or tubers, hinting at a plant food component in peoples' diet, these finds are important because they illustrate how our human ancestors adapted to survive the harsh environments of the last Ice Age by making use of the resources they found around them.

  4. Jimmy Kimmel:

    My mother, unbeknownst to me, spent the weekend making Oscar cookies, and she put glitter [ on them ], I don’t know if it was edible or what. Cookies which she then packed in disposable Tupperware boxes and brought to the show. But Kimmel's mother didn't stop there. The concerned mother proceeded to make sure all the Oscars attendees got their fill of sugar and offered her cookies the stars during the show.

  5. Voodoo Tacos owner Eric Newton:

    I wouldn't say it would be as restaurant quality when it gets to them, but it's edible.

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