esculent was our Word of the Day on 10/19/2014. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of esculent in a Sentence
harvesting wild mushrooms is no business for amateurs, since some of the esculent ones closely resemble poisonous varieties
Did You Know?
One appealing thing about esculent is that this word, which comes from the Latin for food (esca), has been around for over 375 years. If we give you just one more tidbit of etymology-that esca is from Latin edere, which means "to eat"-can you pick which of the following words is NOT related to esculent? Comestible, edacious, edible, escalade, escarole, or obese. Comestible (meaning "edible"), edacious (meaning "voracious"), edible, escarole (a type of salad green), and obese are all descendants of edere. Only escalade (meaning "an act of scaling walls") doesn't belong on the list. It descends from the Italian scalare, meaning "to scale."
Synonymscomestible, eatable, eating, edible
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
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