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


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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