Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fit to be eaten, especially by humans: edible roots; an edible mushroom.
  • n. Something fit to be eaten; food: edibles such as vegetables and meat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That can be eaten without harm; non-toxic to humans; suitable for consumption.
  • adj. That can be eaten without disgust.
  • n. Anything edible.
  • n. a foodstuff infused with THC usually cannabutter baked good

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eatable; fit to be eaten as food; esculent: specifically applied to objects which are habitually eaten by man, or specially fit to be eaten, among similar things not fit for eating: as, edible birds'-nests; edible crabs; edible sea-urchins.
  • n. Anything that may be eaten for food; an article of food; an eatable; a constituent of a meal: generally in the plural: as, bring forward the edibles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suitable for use as food
  • n. any substance that can be used as food

Etymologies

Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere ("to eat"). (Wiktionary)

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  • It can be a noun - the O.E.D. has examples from 1611 to 1884 - but n. above adj., WeirdNet?

    May 3, 2009