eat|a|ble [ `itəbl ] adjective
good enough to eat or safe to eat

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • eatable — 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

  • Eatable — Eat a*ble ([=e]t [.a]*b l), a. Capable of being eaten; fit to be eaten; proper for food; esculent; edible. n. Something fit to be eaten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • eatable — late 15c., from EAT (Cf. eat) + ABLE (Cf. able) …   Etymology dictionary

  • eatable — [adj] able to be consumed appetizing, comestible, culinary, delicious, delish*, dietary, digestible, edible, esculent, fit, good, harmless, kosher*, nutritious, nutritive, palatable, piquant, safe, satisfying, savory, scrumptious, succulent,… …   New thesaurus

  • eatable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fit to be consumed as food. ► NOUN (eatables) ▪ items of food …   English terms dictionary

  • eatable — [ēt′ə bəl] adj. fit to be eaten; edible n. a thing fit to be eaten; food usually used in pl …   English World dictionary

  • eatable — 1. adjective Able to be eaten; edible. Especially, not very high quality. 1847: I conjectured that this preparation was probably for our supper, and, being hungry, I resolved it should be eatable; , Syn: comestible, edible 2. noun …   Wiktionary

  • eatable — See eatable, edible …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • eatable, edible — These words, both in standard usage, have a shared meaning of not poisonous or harmful, fit to be eaten : This food does not look appetizing, but it is eatable (or edible). Edible is more formal and somewhat more refined than eatable, a word… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • eatable — I. adjective Date: 14th century fit or able to be eaten II. noun Date: 1672 1. something to eat 2. plural food …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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