in·​di·​gest·​ible | \ ˌin-(ˌ)dī-ˈje-stə-bəl \

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 \ noun
indigestible noun

Examples of indigestible in a Sentence

Their presentation was an indigestible mass of information.

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The amount of waste your dog produces is proportional to the amount of indigestible content in his food. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 11 July 2018 Some calculations suggest humans could not afford them calorifically without the invention of cooking—a process that liberates otherwise indigestible nutrients. The Economist, "A history of big-headedness," 31 May 2018 Their diet, mostly leaves, is extremely indigestible. National Geographic, "What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True," 26 May 2018 Meanwhile, the Coquerel’s sifaka, which mainly subsists on plant leaves full of indigestible cellulose, can take up to 24 hours to digest. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "What Lemur Guts Can Tell Us About Human Bowel Disease," 12 Dec. 2017 Within 24 hours, most of the corals had expelled the indigestible plastic grains, but 8 percent got stuck in their intestines, which could lead to fatal blockages and the leaching of chemicals from the plastic, which could have hormonal effects. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Corals Seem to Like the “Taste” of Plastic," 4 Nov. 2017 DAY 1 Two bags of bottles and roughage (plant material that's indigestible and acts as fiber) are delivered to my desk. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Cleanse for the Girl Who's Always Hungry," 7 Mar. 2017 In the United States, products that feature added fiber include yogurt, orange juice, white bread and artificial sweetener The no-calorie Coca-Cola Plus boasts five grams of indigestible dextrin, a source of dietary fiber, per 470-ml bottle. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Need more fiber in your diet? Try a Coke," 1 May 2017 And how much nicer a sentence that is than all that life-ruining piffle about the atopic character of literary space, an indigestible confection that deserves to be tossed from one of Loving’s trains, to languish by the wayside forever. Simon Winchester, New York Times, "Hollywood: ‘Stanley Kubrick and Me,’ and More JUNE 1, 2016," 1 June 2016

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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 , -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- \

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 \ noun, plural indigestibilities

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