American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Fit to be eaten; edible: an eatable meal.
- n. Something fit to be eaten.
- n. Food.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fit to be eaten; edible; proper for food; esculent.
- n. Anything that may be eaten; that which is fit for or used as food.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of being eaten; fit to be eaten; proper for food; esculent; edible.
- n. any substance that can be used as food
- adj. suitable for use as food
- eat + -able (“able, capable”) (Wiktionary)
“Our tomatoes and other vegetables, as well as those from our local farmers market, were not only edible ( "eatable" in his vernacular), but delicious.”
“That ought to be properly termed an eatable which is given away to a deserving man, in all other cases, he that takes it makes the donor's gift thrown away and the receiver is likewise ruined for his improperly accepting it.”
“Our stomachs were nauseated at this giddy height, and, though we had almost every other kind of eatable and drinkable, our appetites craved only chocolate, which we could not obtain.”
“In many of them we saw fires, and in some of them observed that kind of eatable to which they give the name of cabra.”
“It is what I should call a most uninteresting kind of eatable, but it serves as food and drink, having juice enough, so that they get along without water.”
“The former porter mentioned each successive kind of eatable, as if he were musingly summing up his good actions.”
“In the interests of scientific thoroughness, we had four small eats and one antipasto between two adults and a 12-year-old, and they ranged from the good (marinated octopus, chicken liver crostini) to the sublime: prosciutto so delicate it was, according to my son, "like air", a compulsively eatable dish of fried courgettes, and a sensationally good stew of squid, potatoes, chickpeas and chilli.”
“Still – it would be so neat to have “an eatable” (a definition from my daughter) fruit in our backyard for a change.”
“I remember the elders told us that red ones were eatable while the orange ones would make you sick.”
“I mean that literally, as some patrons fly to Nice from all over the globe, just to savor her eatable treasures and then return home the next morning.”
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