in·​ed·​i·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-də-bəl How to pronounce inedible (audio) \

Definition of inedible

: not fit to be eaten

Examples of inedible in a Sentence

The steak was overcooked, but not inedible.
Recent Examples on the Web Come to think of it, maybe the same logic could be applied to government handouts of the inedible variety. ... WSJ, "Feeding Those Independent Critters Creates Dependence," 16 Nov. 2020 Valero’s renewable diesel fuel refinery in Norco processes animal fats, used cooking oil and inedible corn. Tyler Bridges,, "Shell is closing its refinery in Convent. What does this mean for clean energy in Louisiana?," 14 Nov. 2020 According to our scientific research*, 99 percent of all Brussels sprouts were rendered nearly inedible in the United States until shortly after the year 2000. Ben Fogel, Sunset Magazine, "These Brussels Sprouts Recipes Will Make the Underrated Crucifer Your Favorite Vegetable," 12 Nov. 2020 Whole groat oats – oat kernels with the outer, inedible hulls removed. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chewy granola bars: After-school snack is easy to make and loaded with nutrients," 10 Oct. 2020 Within minutes, Wendy’s natural-cut fries – fried in vegetable oil and dusted in sea salt – had become inedible sticks. Phillip Valys,, "Show us your buns: How does Culver’s stack up against McDonald’s and Wendy’s?," 10 Nov. 2020 Oats do have an inedible outer layer called the hull, which must be removed before the grain can be eaten. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chewy granola bars: After-school snack is easy to make and loaded with nutrients," 10 Oct. 2020 The only thing that is removed in brown rice is the outer inedible hull. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "5 Healthy Rices You'll Want to Add to Your Next Meal," 13 Sep. 2020 Here are recipes for a tasty season or an inedible one for each of the 32 teams. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "On Football: 32 recipes for tasty and inedible seasons," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of inedible

1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Inedible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inedible

: not suitable or safe to eat : not edible


in·​ed·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce inedible (audio) \

Kids Definition of inedible

: not fit for eating

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