per·ish·able | \ ˈper-i-shə-bəl , 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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perishability \ˌper-i-shə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌpe-ri- \ noun
perishable noun

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In August, developers Lineage Logistics LLC and Dreisbach Enterprises Inc. will open a $90 million, 280,000-square-foot Cool Port that will store perishable food shipments. Roland Li,, "Port of Oakland, a center for China trade, expects growth amid turmoil," 29 June 2018 Developers say the product has the potential to make other fruits and vegetables less perishable as well — enabling fruits and veggies to travel farther, and with less refrigeration. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s family separation policy tests the leadership abilities of Ryan and McConnell," 20 June 2018 Earlier this month, Google joined with Carrefour SA, Europe’s largest retailer, to offer same-day delivery of perishable groceries to people’s homes in France. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Google Invests $550 Million in Chinese Online Shopping Site," 18 June 2018 New infrastructure must be developed to move perishable salmon to all corners of the United States and beyond. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Bristol Bay is a happy place right now, but time — and the marketplace – will tell if those smiles last," 17 June 2018 Most of the food is freeze-dried and non-perishable, like pasta. Christopher Cason, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of "Longest Swim" Star Ben Lecomte, Who Is About to Swim Across the Pacific Ocean," 5 June 2018 But, the fact of the matter is that bottles are not ideal vessels for perishable drinks like wine. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Underwood Pinot Noir," 29 May 2018 What are some of the challenges of cooking in a place like this with something as perishable as seafood? David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Chef's Choice: Getting creative with seafood," 25 May 2018 Something fresh, actually delicious, and perishable. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Hold On to Your Fascinators, We Made an Unofficial Royal Wedding Cake Recipe," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of perishable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of perishable was in the 15th century

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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


per·ish·able | \ ˈper-i-shə-bəl \

Kids Definition of perishable

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

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