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 Still, many of these complaints are almost indigestible in their fatty self-righteousness. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 Bazilian also shares that walnuts contain prebiotics, an indigestible fiber that fuels probiotics that has been shown to positively impact gut bacteria. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2021 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,, 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, 12 Apr. 2021 That’s partly because food, one of the main issues, is a particularly indigestible matter. The Economist, 8 Aug. 2020 But filling them up with indigestible foods is not the way to go. Craig Dougherty, Outdoor Life, 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, 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, 12 Dec. 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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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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