Definitions

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

  • adj. Subject to decay, spoilage, or destruction.
  • n. Something, especially foodstuff, subject to decay or spoilage. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which perishes or is short-lived.
  • n. food that does not keep for long.
  • adj. Liable to perish, especially naturally subject to quick decomposition or decay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Liable to perish; subject to decay, destruction, or death

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Liable to perish; subject to decay or destruction; mortal.

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

  • n. food that will decay rapidly if not refrigerated
  • adj. liable to perish; subject to destruction or death or decay

Etymologies

perish +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

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