Definitions

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

  • adjective Fit to be eaten, especially by humans.
  • noun Something fit to be eaten; food.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Eatable; fit to be eaten as food; esculent: specifically applied to objects which are habitually eaten by man, or specially fit to be eaten, among similar things not fit for eating: as, edible birds'-nests; edible crabs; edible sea-urchins.
  • noun Anything that may be eaten for food; an article of food; an eatable; a constituent of a meal: generally in the plural: as, bring forward the edibles.

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

  • adjective Fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent.
  • adjective See Bird's nest, 2.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) any species of crab used as food, esp. the American blue crab (Callinectes hastatus). See Crab.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) the common European frog (Rana esculenta), used as food.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) any snail used as food, esp. Helix pomatia and H. aspersa of Europe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That can be eaten without harm; non-toxic to humans; suitable for consumption.
  • adjective That can be eaten without disgust.
  • noun Anything edible.
  • noun a foodstuff infused with THC usually cannabutter baked good

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere ("to eat").

Examples

  • And carbohydrate is the primary ingredient in the majority of what I call edible products which are highly profitable for a whole array of reasons.

    The low-carb movement needs your help | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • While the company still churns out its classic product, in child-friendly flavors like Bubble Gum, S'mores and Cookies 'n Cream, it has also introduced what it calls an "edible" espresso that can be spooned up like a snack, blended with milk for a shake or melted in a mug in the microwave for a fast cup of coffee.

    The Seattle Times

  • They just need some Twilight cereal, apple shaped and flavored and covered in edible glitter, Twilight tooth paste that would make your teeth not just white but “razor sharp” etc …

    Twilight Lexicon » MTV Features the Twilight Board Game

  • I also bought a bag of a Chinese candy called White Rabbit (pictured further below), which is kind of like a subtly sweet vanilla Tootsie Roll wrapped in edible rice paper.

    WDW Day One 1/2: Epcot World Showcase : Scrubbles.net

  • I also bought a bag of a Chinese candy called White Rabbit (pictured further below), which is kind of like a subtly sweet vanilla Tootsie Roll wrapped in edible rice paper.

    2008 April : Scrubbles.net

  • Making our way along the banks of the stream, our asparagus stash growing, we stopped to study the wild flowers: indigo blue muscari* (Marie Françoise tells me she used to dye her doll's clothes with the boiled flowers), mustard yellow "genêt" * (also good for dye and used in edible flower salads), and "fumeterre".

    vivace - French Word-A-Day

  • Making our way along the banks of the stream, our asparagus stash growing, we stopped to study the wild flowers: indigo blue muscari* (Marie Françoise tells me she used to dye her doll's clothes with the boiled flowers), mustard yellow "genêt" * (also good for dye and used in edible flower salads), and "fumeterre".

    French Word-A-Day:

  • The Caesar and Greek salads were served in edible cups made of Parmesan cheese.

    Memo to D.C. Hostesses: Keep It Healthy - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Humans are hard wired to avoid eating things that are colored hues that do not naturally occur in edible substances.

    Blue Food

  • Crushing its seeds provides oil which, besides being edible, is used for making soap; the residue from oil extraction makes nutritious seed cake for cattle.

    Did You Know? Mexico's kapok trees aided the U.S. war effort

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  • It can be a noun - the O.E.D. has examples from 1611 to 1884 - but n. above adj., WeirdNet?

    May 3, 2009