perishable
adjective Date: 1611 liable to perish ; liable to spoil or decay <
such perishable products as fruit, vegetables, butter, and eggs
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perishability nounperishable noun

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  • perishable — 1610s, from PERISH (Cf. perish) + ABLE (Cf. able) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • perishable — [[t]pe̱rɪʃəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ Goods such as food that are perishable go bad after quite a short length of time. ...perishable food like fruit, vegetables and meat... Raw eggs are highly perishable and must be chilled before and after cooking …   English dictionary

  • perishable — / perɪʃəb(ə)l/ adjective which can go bad or become rotten easily ● perishable goods ● perishable items ● a perishable cargo …   Marketing dictionary in english

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