Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Fit to be eaten; edible.
  • noun Something that can be eaten as food.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Eatable; edible.
  • noun An eatable; an edible; an article of food.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Something suitable to be eaten; -- commonly in the plural.
  • adjective Suitable to be eaten; eatable; esculent.

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

  • noun any substance that can be used as food
  • adjective suitable for use as food

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, from Late Latin comēstibilis, from Latin comēstus, alteration (influenced by pōtus, drunk) of comēsus, past participle of comedere, to eat up : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French comestible, or its source, Late Latin comestibilis, from Latin comedō ("I eat"), from com- (English com-) + edō ("I eat") (as in English edible), from Proto-Indo-European (whence also English eat).

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