es·​cu·​lent | \ ˈe-skyə-lənt How to pronounce esculent (audio) \

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esculent noun

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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."

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harvesting wild mushrooms is no business for amateurs, since some of the esculent ones closely resemble poisonous varieties

First Known Use of esculent

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for esculent

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

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“Esculent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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es·​cu·​lent | \ ˈes-kyə-lənt How to pronounce esculent (audio) \

Medical Definition of esculent

: being edible

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