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 In more recent decades, nurseries have grafted healthy Meyer cuttings onto the trunks of hardier species which bear ugly, inedible fruit but can protect themselves with tough thorns — the switchblades of the plant kingdom. Grace Hwang Lynch,, "Growing a lemon tree in the Valley of the Heart’s Delight," 31 Oct. 2019 And for the charge that carp are inedible — more or less true — very few anglers kill and eat bass in Alabama, either. Frank Sargeant, al, "Hey, anglers, it’s time to go ‘fishing for squirrels’ in north Alabama," 9 Oct. 2019 Some are inedible for undesirable characteristics, but other species are good for cooking or have medicinal value. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida’s fungi: Learn more about mushrooms with Central Florida’s ‘Fungi Jon’," 11 Sep. 2019 In a statement, the trade group said beef cattle account for only a small percentage of total greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. while converting inedible plants like grass into usable protein. Los Angeles Times, "Land use policy key to reining in global warming, U.N. report warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, the cinnamon bread recipe resulted in a dense, inedible loaf — likely due to user error, as young chefs are prone to over- or under-mixing, or adding ingredients out of order. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste Off: The best cooking kits for kids," 26 Aug. 2019 Nic Adler, son of music producer Lou and the culinary director of Goldenvoice (the company behind Coachella), knows there are plenty of omnivores who think of vegan food as inedible. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nic Adler's New Restaurant Has One Rule: Don't Say "Vegan"," 23 Aug. 2019 Most bananas are inedible due to a plethora of large, hard seeds inside. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "Yes, We’ll Have No Bananas," 20 Aug. 2019 The lemons are actually citrons, whose rind is fragrant but whose flesh is all but inedible; the oranges, like most in Seville at the time, are almost certainly bitter. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of inedible

1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Inedible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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