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.

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Hulled barley has been minimally processed to remove only the inedible outer husk. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "This nutritious grain provides cholesterol lowering fiber in this summer salad," 30 June 2019 But, there is nothing worse than coming back from the grocery store with an abundance of summer fruits and vegetables and realizing your peaches are underripe and, lets face it, practically inedible. Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, "How to Ripen Peaches for Perfect Summer Fruit Every Time," 28 June 2019 In 1951, Syntex announced that scientists working under him had synthesized cortisone, a steroid hormone that reduces inflammation, using inedible yams found in Mexico. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "George Rosenkranz, a creator of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 24 June 2019 Predators may then mistake them for something inedible, such as a leaf bud. Magnus Wennman, National Geographic, "See our three favorite scientific breakthroughs this month," 17 June 2019 Heiss and his team say the upshot of their study isn’t that ancient people made inedible cereal millennia ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient, Inedible ‘Cheerios’ Found in Austrian Archaeological Site," 12 June 2019 The much smaller callery fruit is used to make tea in China but is considered inedible. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Bath And Body Works may get all the attention for its fall candle lineup — the brand's essentially the Starbucks of the inedible pumpkin spice world — but Anthropologie has its own take on the trend. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Anthropologie's Cult-Favorite Candle Just Came Out With A Fall Scent," 20 Aug. 2018 To make sure the bats didn't tire of hunting fake, inedible prey, every third run of the experiment a small piece of fish was placed on top of the frogs. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "When Humans Make Too Much Noise, Bats Just Change How They Hunt," 15 Sep. 2016

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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 How to pronounce inedible (audio) \

Kids Definition of inedible

: not fit for eating

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