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

Other Words from perishable

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

Examples of perishable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web La Soupe is a nonprofit that focuses on food insecurity, gathering perishable food and distributing it to partner organizations. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 25 Feb. 2022 Throw out any perishable food — like meat, poultry, eggs or leftovers — that's been left in temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours. Aditi Sangal, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 Non-perishable food and monetary donations will be collected during games this month at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Marc Bona, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 These welcome dollars were in addition to the 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food and toiletries donated by Windsor-area residents at the same August event., 21 Oct. 2021 The food drive runs Sept. 14 to Oct. 9, and by donating at least six items of non-perishable food, playgoers can get half-price tickets to any show Mondays through Thursdays, according to a release from organizers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 The National Weather Service encourages people to start preparing for a possible hurricane by having extra cash on hand, filling up vehicles with gas, and buying non-perishable food in case power is lost., 19 Aug. 2021 These are perishable items that can only be sold up to a certain point in their ripening process. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The race committee is supporting the Enfield Food Shelf by collecting donations of cash or non-perishable food items., 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of perishable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of perishable

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


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