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Examples of comestible in a Sentence
some mushrooms are comfortably comestible, but others are decidedly poisonous
Recent Examples of comestible from the Web
As far as comestible trends, Barcelona has long been a lab for innovation both within Spain and abroad.
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Did You Know?
Did you expect comestible to be a noun meaning "food"? You're probably not alone. As it happens, comestible is used both as an adjective and a noun. The adjective is by far the older of the two; it has been part of English since at least the 1400s. (In fact, one of its earliest known uses was in a text printed in 1483 by William Caxton, the man who established England's first printing press.) The noun (which is most often used in the plural form, comestibles) dates only from 1837. It made its first appearance in a novel in which a character fortified himself with "a strong reinforcement of comestibles."
Synonymsedible, eatable, eating, esculent
Antonymsinedible, nonedible, uneatable
Related Wordsabsorbable, chewable, digestible, ingestible, swallowable; nourishing, nutritious, nutritive; appetizing, delicious, flavorful, palatable, savory (also savoury), succulent, tasty, toothsome, toothy
Near Antonymsindigestible, nondigestible, nonnutritious, undigestible
First Known Use of comestible
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