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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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 Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is offering buy-one, get-one free admission for guests who donate a non-perishable food item or personal-care product in April. Megan Becka, cleveland, "Stan Hywet offering buy-one, get-one free admission with food donation in April," 12 Apr. 2021 According to the Singapore Food Agency, these three types of goods are commonly consumed but are perishable and more susceptible to supply disruptions. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, "Three ways Singapore is designing urban farms to create food security," 30 Mar. 2021 The houses once had perishable wooden superstructures, now lost to time, over foundations of stone, dirt and plaster. NBC News, "Maya ruins in Belize offer peek at ancient wealth inequality," 25 Mar. 2021 Rather, many ancient people created art objects out of perishable materials that could not withstand the test of time and were therefore left out of the archaeological record. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Wooden Sculpture Is Twice as Old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids," 24 Mar. 2021 Non-perishable food distribution will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Grand Prairie church giving away food and water to help residents after last week’s storms," 23 Feb. 2021 Its requests were denied, but in late 2019 the health department circumvented the system and implemented new rules that prohibited home producers from selling perishable meals. Meleyna Nomura, Bon Appétit, "In Some States, Selling Homemade Food Is Illegal. This Home Cook Fought the Law—and Won.," 22 Feb. 2021 Rural clinics face unique challenges in getting highly perishable vaccines to residents who often live many miles away. Elizabeth Miller/undark, Popular Science, "How rural America is making the haphazard vaccine rollout work," 22 Jan. 2021 California’s vaccine rollout prioritizes health care workers and nursing home residents but has left many health care providers scrambling to find people outside of that group to take extra doses of the perishable vaccine. Catherine Ho,, "California planning to make big changes to vaccination plan — after feds direct states to do so," 12 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of perishable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Perishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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