in·​ed·​i·​ble (ˌ)i-ˈne-də-bəl How to pronounce inedible (audio)
: not fit to be eaten

Examples of inedible in a Sentence

The steak was overcooked, but not inedible.
Recent Examples on the Web In any event, my penchant for ordering the most disgusting thing on the menu led me to an inedible monstrosity, a cow’s udder filled with sirop, a reduction of pears and apples with the viscosity of hot tar. Lucy Sante, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 Byproducts like animal fats, hides and inedible proteins, if not used or reduced, can end up in landfills. Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN, 20 Oct. 2023 Cows would be more useful in predominantly grassy environments as their diet is fairly restricted to grasses, while some larger breeds of goats have a wider variety of vegetation in their diets including branches, young trees or tree bark that other herbivore species find inedible. Curtis Abraham, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2023 Little Nasties, Big Problems Pathogens love to spend the winter in last year’s plant matter, only to come back again in the spring to ruin your tomatoes—or, in my case, French alpine strawberries, which all withered into inedible mush before they could be harvested. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2023 Users entered ingredients that absolutely do not belong in food, and the app served up inedible and even poisonous recipes. Sage Lazzaro, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2023 With this growing method in mind, researchers took into account each plant’s water requirements, space needs, growth rate, and inedible food waste produced. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 June 2023 In the newest episode of Southern Living’s Biscuits & Jam podcast, the musician discusses everything from going to church as a child to his mother’s famously inedible biscuits, as well as his lifelong love for old-school blues. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 6 June 2023 There’s also wide documentation of severe medical neglect, poor or nonexistent mental health care, inedible food, chronic sleep deprivation, and other conditions that rapidly deteriorate the well-being of asylum seekers and immigrants detained at the three facilities. María Inés Taracena, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inedible was in 1786

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“Inedible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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in·​ed·​i·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈed-ə-bəl How to pronounce inedible (audio)
: not fit or safe for eating
inedible mushrooms

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