Edible Ed"i*ble, a. [L. edibilis, fr. edere to eat. See {Eat}.] Fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent; as, edible fishes. --Bacon. -- n. Anything edible. [1913 Webster]

{Edible bird's nest}. See {Bird's nest}, 2.

{Edible crab} (Zo["o]l.), any species of crab used as food, esp. the American blue crab ({Callinectes hastatus}). See {Crab}.

{Edible frog} (Zo["o]l.), the common European frog ({Rana esculenta}), used as food.

{Edible snail} (Zo["o]l.), any snail used as food, esp. {Helix pomatia} and {H. aspersa} of Europe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • edible — index palatable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • edible — 1590s, from L.L. edibilis eatable, from L. edere to eat, from PIE root *ed to eat (Cf. Skt. admi I eat; Gk. edo I eat; Lith. edu I eat; Hittite edmi I eat, adanna food; O …   Etymology dictionary

  • edible — [adj] able to be eaten comestible, digestible, eatable, esculent, fit, good, harmless, nourishing, nutritious, nutritive, palatable, savory, succulent, tasty, toothsome, wholesome; concepts 462,613 Ant. harmful, inedible, poisonous, unpalatable …   New thesaurus

  • edible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fit to be eaten. ► NOUN (edibles) ▪ items of food. DERIVATIVES edibility noun. ORIGIN Latin edibilis, from edere eat …   English terms dictionary

  • edible — [ed′ə bəl] adj. [LL edibilis < L edere, EAT] fit to be eaten n. anything fit to be eaten; food usually used in pl. edibility [ed′əbil′ə tē] n. edibleness …   English World dictionary

  • edible — eatable, edible Eatable means ‘fit to be eaten’ and is normally applied to food, whereas edible means ‘suitable for eating’ and is often contrasted with what is poisonous or harmful (e.g. edible mushrooms / edible snails) …   Modern English usage

  • edible — ed|i|ble [ edəbl ] adjective food that is edible is safe or good enough to eat: edible mushrooms The food in the cafeteria is barely edible (=it tastes very bad) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • edible — UK [ˈedɪb(ə)l] / US [ˈedəb(ə)l] adjective food that is edible is safe or good enough to eat edible mushrooms The food in the cafeteria is barely edible (= it tastes very bad) …   English dictionary

  • edible — ed|i|ble [ˈedıbəl] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: edibilis, from Latin edere to eat ] something that is edible can be eaten ▪ These berries are edible, but those are poisonous …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • edible — [[t]e̱dɪb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ If something is edible, it is safe to eat and not poisonous. ...edible fungi. Ant: inedible …   English dictionary

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