non·​ed·​i·​ble ˌnän-ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce nonedible (audio)
: not fit to be eaten : not edible : inedible
One manual I had read said to watch what the birds and animals were eating in order to learn what is edible and nonedible in the forest.Jean Craighead George
nonedible mushrooms
nonedible noun
… spray with insecticidal soap or, on nonedibles, a specific systemic control. Sunset

Examples of nonedible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers have hypothesized that great white sharks have started to identify humans as a nonedible presence in SoCal waters. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2023 The next step is to figure out a way to make as many of those nonedible pieces out of edible materials instead, as well as finding a way to carry a payload (like water) in an edible container. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Mar. 2023 In the Exposure phase of Experiment 2, two containers held food, one held a nonedible object, and the fourth was empty. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2017 Often associated with desserts in the United States and Europe — and sometimes overly perfumed edible and nonedible products hawked by corporations this time of year — these spices can do so much more. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2022 Research is also underway to utilize the nonedible part of the palm. Kao Contributor, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The investigators then visited other bakeries in the area, finding widespread use of nonedible luster dust on foodstuffs. Victoria Forster, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 This nonedible material can be 3-D printed to make highly accurate models as small as a grain of rice. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 May 2021 One is purchasing nonedible shelf-stable goods like soap and paper towels, shipped from faraway fulfillment centers without the need for refrigeration. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonedible was in 1710

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“Nonedible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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