per·​ish·​able | \ ˈper-i-shə-bəl How to pronounce perishable (audio) , ˈpe-ri-\

Definition of perishable

: liable to perish : liable to spoil or decay such perishable products as fruit, vegetables, butter, and eggs

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Other Words from perishable

perishability \ ˌper-​i-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce perishability (audio) , ˌpe-​ri-​ \ noun
perishable noun

Examples of perishable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Items to be collected: Toiletries, diapers, baby wipes, first aid kits, cleaning supplies, canned goods, box fans, leather work gloves, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food, water, generators (no clothes) and monetary donations. Michael Shapiro,, "Suns Center Deandre Ayton Donates $100k to Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts," 6 Sep. 2019 Items that can be donated include tents, cots, deodorant, toothpaste, blankets and non-perishable foods. Kara Quebedeaux, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians collecting supplies to aid Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas," 6 Sep. 2019 But instead of books, Little Free Pantries — often placed in more-public locations — offer up non-perishable food and other necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, tampons, school supplies, socks. Los Angeles Times, "How the Little Free Library led to the Little Free Pantry, a fast-growing approach to helping those in need," 5 Sep. 2019 But the system needs the internet to function, so Mr. Fore ended up throwing away most of his perishable food and losing about half his daily turnover. New York Times, "Life in an Internet Shutdown: Crossing Borders for Email and Contraband SIM Cards," 2 Sep. 2019 Think non-perishable foods like nuts or dried fruits that can provide you with that boost of energy if you’re stranded on the side of the road. 10. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Hitting the road? Packing these 10 simple things could save your life," 31 Aug. 2019 In Vero Beach, about 140 miles up the coast from Miami, Lauren Harvey, 51, scoured the aisles of a nearby supermarket in search for non-perishable foods that could last her throughout the storm. Adriana Gomez Licon And Ellis Rua,, "Florida waits, and worries: Hurricane Dorian is looking increasingly dire," 30 Aug. 2019 Player autographs were used as incentive for gifts with a minimum $20, and non-perishable food was collected at the gates. Marc Bona,, "Strike Out Hunger campaign exceeds goal at Progressive Field," 26 Aug. 2019 Like perishable foods and summer romances, airline miles expire eventually. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Easy (and Cheap) Ways To Keep Your Miles and Points From Expiring," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of perishable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of perishable

: likely to spoil or decay quickly : not likely to stay fresh for a long time if not eaten or used


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Kids Definition of perishable

: likely to spoil or decay Remember to refrigerate perishable foods.

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