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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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 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

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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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