esculent

adjective es·cu·lent \ ˈe-skyə-lənt \

Definition of esculent

: edible

esculent

noun

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Examples of esculent in a Sentence

  1. 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."

Origin and Etymology of esculent

Latin esculentus, from esca food, from edere to eat — more at eat


Medical Dictionary

esculent

adjective es·cu·lent \ ˈes-kyə-lənt \

medical Definition of esculent

: being edible

esculent

noun

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