in·​ed·​i·​ble | \(ˌ)i-ˈne-də-bəl \

Definition of inedible 

: not fit to be eaten

Examples of inedible in a Sentence

The steak was overcooked, but not inedible.

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Onto this go a few live (inedible) cherry blossoms, pilfered from dining-room arrangements, and three small branches on a wabi-sabi slant. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 Sweeter, more tender foods like pineapple or tomato can go from caramelized to bitter to inedible in a flash. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "The Right Way to Burn Food, According to the Chefs Who Do It Best," 26 May 2018 Scientists believe the Madagascan banana, an inedible fruit with large seeds in the middle of it, may be able to save the species. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Bananas on the brink? Fruit faces extinction risk," 6 July 2018 His cargo, however, remained scattered across the highway, much of it mixed with diesel fuel from the crash, creating an inedible and dangerously flammable mess. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "25-Ton Spud Spill Closes North Carolina Highway," 6 May 2016 Once cooked, the inedible exterior of the pod can be easily split to reveal a fleshy interior with pea-sized seeds. Nikhita Venugopal, Bon Appetit, "I Grew Up Eating This Common Indian Vegetable. Now It's a Wellness 'Superfood.'," 14 May 2018 But Elmer’s doesn’t dry the right way and is inedible, if nontoxic. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 Of those, 300 are edible, 300 are poisonous, including the deadlies, and 400 are inedible, which means unpalatable or too hard to chew. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cumberland mushroom business is rooted in a family tradition of foraging," 10 May 2018 And like an old piece of fruit, a lot of that data from the early days has grown mushy and inedible. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Inside Waymo’s strategy to grow the best brains for self-driving cars," 9 May 2018

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1786, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of inedible

: not fit for eating

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