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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The shop’s online store also has a handy gift section with both edible and nonedible items, like sake cups inlaid with 24-karat gold, soap made from sake lees and sachets of Japanese cypress wood shavings meant for elevating the hot bath experience. San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2020 Folklore: If a big crop of the yellow-green nonedible fruit falls from the Osage orange tree, winter will be harsh. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2020 The Kinder Surprise isn’t the only European confection to run afoul of U.S. regulations for harboring a nonedible item. David Marcelis, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2018 See More

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

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