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 Cattle and sheep have an important role in our ecosystem of turning grass, something inedible to humans, into high-quality protein, Gill said. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 Methods like composting food waste or burning inedible plant matter for biochar production might then recycle nutrients back into a closed-loop growing habitat. Melanie Canales, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 Last week she was denied bail for the fourth time, despite claims from her lawyers that she has been subjected to physical and emotional abuse by jail guards, unsanitary living conditions and inedible meals. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2021 The colonial-era penitentiary is notorious for its bad conditions, mistreatment and inedible food. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Her kids, picky eaters like many young children, found the meals inedible. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 Packers’ prime, inedible, per lb., price determined in Chicago Burlap: 10 oz., 40″, ex-dock or ex-warehouse, duty paid, per yd. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2021 There are too many lanternflies to spray pesticide on all of them without making food crops inedible and killing beneficial bugs, Hoover cautions. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2021 The colonial-era penitentiary is notorious for its bad conditions, mistreatment, and inedible food. Richard C. Paddock,, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of inedible

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inedible was in 1786

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10 Jan 2022

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“Inedible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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