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

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That means one gallon of water per person per day and plenty of non-perishable food items. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "What You Should Do to Prepare for the Bomb Cyclone That's Coming," 13 Mar. 2019 The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service advises tossing perishable food left unrefrigerated for more two hours. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Reheat Pizza, Whether It's One Slice or a Whole Pie," 27 Feb. 2019 Chill Mode is ideal for items such as highly perishable seafood and meats. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This High-Tech Fridge Helps Food Stay Fresh Longer," 13 Feb. 2019 The company plans to start expanding use of the new purchasing system to non-perishable products this year. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Food Lion, Other Grocers Will Use AI for Food Suppliers," 27 Mar. 2019 Aliotti, a fourth-generation fisherman, appreciates that Baron is willing to buy such an expensive, extremely perishable product. Carolyn Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salt Wood Kitchen highlights local seafood in Monterey," 29 May 2018 Alas, reefs are perishable, vulnerable to ocean acidification, overfishing and global warming, which provoke a chain of events that bleaches coral dead white. The Economist, "The secret life of fish," 10 May 2018 In the fall, Walmart bought Parcel, a 24-hour delivery service that uses algorithms and leased vehicles to send perishable and nonperishable products to customers in New York City. Tiffany Hsu And Nick Wingfield, New York Times, "Walmart Expands Online Grocery Delivery to 100 Cities," 14 Mar. 2018 Essential oils are made from perishable, seasonal products, and both the plant extract and the oil will affect product quality. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016

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First Known Use of perishable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce perishable (audio) \

Kids Definition of perishable

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

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