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

  • adj. Fit to be eaten; edible.
  • n. Something that can be eaten as food: meat, cheese, and other comestibles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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). (Wiktionary)

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