in·​di·​gest·​ible | \ ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈje-stə-bəl How to pronounce indigestible (audio) \

Definition of indigestible

: not digestible : not easily digested

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Other Words from indigestible

indigestibility \ ˌin-​(ˌ)dī-​ˌje-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indigestible (audio) \ noun
indigestible noun

Examples of indigestible in a Sentence

Their presentation was an indigestible mass of information.
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than investing in the trajectory of the story, we're thrown into a state of emotional distress that renders the show indigestible. Ineye Komonibo,, "Who Is Them For? Because It’s Not Us.," 14 Apr. 2021 These indigestible carbohydrates absorb and hold water, lending oatmeal its smooth and thick consistency, and help lower cholesterol, McGee says. Washington Post, "Get to know your oats, and all the types and ways to eat them," 12 Apr. 2021 That’s partly because food, one of the main issues, is a particularly indigestible matter. The Economist, "Trade and farming Why food blocks a British-American trade deal," 8 Aug. 2020 But filling them up with indigestible foods is not the way to go. Craig Dougherty, Outdoor Life, "Are You Feeding Your Deer To Death?," 6 Feb. 2013 One leading theory, advanced in 2006, casts ambergris as what could generously be called a rectal pearl: Formed from layers of excrement that accumulated on an indigestible clump of squid beaks and worm cuticles. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "New Origin Story for Gross Blobs That Wash Up on Beaches," 4 Feb. 2020 Sporamin is the main protein in sweet potato tubers, and is indigestible raw, which is why sweet potatoes must be cooked for humans to enjoy them. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Sweet potato can warn neighbors of insect attacks," 12 Dec. 2019 By turning otherwise indigestible plant materials into meat, milk, wool and leather, ruminants are of vital important to human life and benefit overall ecosystems in multiple ways. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Making the best of a stinky situation," 17 Nov. 2019 And so formula manufacturers instead added different, easier-to-make indigestible carbohydrates such as galacto-oligosaccharides and fructo-oligosaccharides, which also act as prebiotics for Bifidobacteria species. Alice Callahan, Smithsonian, "In Pursuit of a Better Baby Formula," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of indigestible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indigestible

Middle English, from Late Latin indigestibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin digestibilis digestible

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“Indigestible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indigestible

: not capable of being used in the body as food
: difficult to understand : complicated or confusing


in·​di·​gest·​ible | \ ˌin-dī-ˈje-stə-bəl How to pronounce indigestible (audio) , -də- \

Kids Definition of indigestible

: not capable of being broken down and used by the body as food : not easy to digest indigestible seeds


in·​di·​gest·​ible | \ ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈjes-tə-bəl, -də- How to pronounce indigestible (audio) \

Medical Definition of indigestible

: not digestible : not easily digested a diet with much indigestible fiber

Other Words from indigestible

indigestibility \ -​ˌjes-​tə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce indigestible (audio) \ noun, plural indigestibilities

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