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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Other Words from perishable

perishability \ ˌper-​i-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , ˌpe-​ri-​ \ noun
perishable noun

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Amazon’s Prime Pantry program now ships non-perishable goods and household supplies, while its programmable Dash buttons now let Prime customers reorder everyday items like laundry detergent in mere seconds. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon and Walmart’s rivalry is reshaping how we’ll buy everything in the future," 3 Aug. 2018 Drug companies, which already use airfreight to ship some of the most perishable medicines, could resort to more plane shipments in extreme Brexit conditions. Max Colchester, WSJ, "On Both Sides of the English Channel, Authorities Brace for ‘No Deal’ Brexit Customs Snarls," 31 Dec. 2018 Or, dozens of boxes of produce from a community giveaway that offered too much of one perishable thing, with no way to return it. Debbi Snook,, "Cleveland's food rescuers help feed the hungry, grow more food (photos, recipes)," 18 Apr. 2018 Simpson said crews were working to collect perishable evidence from the scene Tuesday. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "'Instagram stars' among 6 dead in TPC Scottsdale plane crash," 10 Apr. 2018 The company also donates uneaten food from its Amazon Go stores, including sandwiches and other perishable foods that would otherwise be thrown away, to Mary’s Place. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Jeff Bezos’s philanthropic projects aren’t as generous as they seem," 29 Nov. 2018 Freight rates have surged as a result, including on refrigerated trucks that distributors use to deliver perishable foods. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Food Distributors Make Changes as Costs Bite," 23 Nov. 2018 Some are perishable: turmeric, ginger, avocados, or a whole prosciutto ham. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "Kurimanzutto Expands (Way) North," 26 Apr. 2018 Beware that morels are highly perishable; fresh ones only last about a week or two when properly stored in a cool, dry place. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Morel mushrooms: Here's what you need to know," 3 Apr. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of perishable

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

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