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

  • adjective Subject to decay, spoilage, or destruction.
  • noun plural Items, especially foodstuffs, that are subject to decay or spoilage.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • adjective Liable to perish; subject to decay, destruction, or death

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

  • noun That which perishes or is short-lived.
  • noun in the plural food that does not keep for long.
  • adjective Liable to perish, especially naturally subject to quick decomposition or decay.

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

  • noun food that will decay rapidly if not refrigerated
  • adjective liable to perish; subject to destruction or death or decay

Etymologies

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perish +‎ -able

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