per·​ish·​able ˈper-i-shə-bəl How to pronounce perishable (audio)
: liable to perish : liable to spoil or decay
such perishable products as fruit, vegetables, butter, and eggs
perishability noun
perishable noun

Examples of perishable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with any perishable item, there comes a concern regarding expiration dates. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 What to know about the spring tradition How to cook morel mushrooms Morels are very perishable and last only about a week after harvest. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2024 Like human beings, the cassette tape is analog, flawed, and perishable. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 Grocers lose an average of $70 million a year to perishable food spoilage alone, causing significant income erosion. Michelle Liang, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2024 For epicureans on your list who may live outside of a perishable delivery zone, consider a gustatory candle. Ella Riley-Adams Angela Koh Jameson Montgomery Jameson Montgomery Tom Delavan, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 There has been so little electricity that everything perishable has started to rot. Mosab Abu Toha, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2023 And when the economy is bad, these perishable food items, which need more manpower to produce and require more cost in energy for processing, refrigeration and transportation, go up in price higher and faster than less nutritious alternatives. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 Because green peanuts are only available during harvest season (and are highly perishable), they must be refrigerated and should be used within a few days of their harvest. Matt and Ted Lee, Southern Living, 31 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Perishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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per·​ish·​able ˈper-ish-ə-bəl How to pronounce perishable (audio)
: likely to spoil or decay
perishable fruit
perishable noun
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