American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Suitable for eating; edible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Eatable; edible; fit to be used for food: as, esculent plants; esculent fish.
- Furnishing an edible product: as, the esculent swift (a bird, Collocalia esculenta, whose nests are eaten in soup).
- n. Something that is eatable; that which is or may be used as food. Specifically
- n. In common use, an edible vegetable, especially one that may be used as a condiment without cooking.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Suitable to be used by man for food; eatable; edible.
- n. Anything that is fit for eating; that which may be safely eaten by man.
- From Latin esculentus, from esca ("food"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ēsculentus, from ēsca, food, from edere, ēs-, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is respecting a foreign species of _hirundines_, called the esculent martin.”
“The bird is called the esculent swallow, and the trade in this strange article of diet is a very large one.”
“The principal vegetables are Badanjan (Egg-plant), the Bamiyah (a kind of esculent hibiscus, called Bhendi in India), and Mulukhiyah”
“_Vincennes_, about three miles from the fauxbourg _Saint Antoine_, and is likewise celebrated for its grapes, strawberries, all sorts of wall fruit, pease, and every kind of esculent vegetables.”
“_Gabi_ (_Caladium_) is another kind of esculent root, palatable to the natives, similar to the turnip, and throws up stalks from 1 to 3 feet high, at the end of which is an almost round leaf, dark green, from 3 to 5 inches diameter at maturity.”
“And lastly you, gastronomers of 1825, who already find satiety in the lap of abundance, and dream of new preparations, you will not enjoy those discoveries which the sciences have in store for the year 1900, such as esculent minerals and liqueurs resulting from a pressure of a hundred atmospheres; you will not behold the importations which travelers yet unborn shall cause to arrive from that half of the globe which still remains to be discovered or explored.”
“Then consider what victual or esculent things there are, which grow speedily, and within the year; as parsnips, carrots, turnips, onions, radish, artichokes of Hierusalem, maize, and the like.”
“I think of these guys as the nerds of the foodyard, esculent equivalents of the brilliant, sensitive child that the grownups made the mistake of praising to the rest of the class.”
“Edible algae as well as higher plants that are manipulated so that they are esculent as a whole are cultivated there.”
“This animal, from the excellence of its flesh, would be appropriate to our own country; and as there is also a splendid esculent frog nearly as large as a chicken, it would no doubt tend to perpetuate the present alliance if we made a gift of that to France.”
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