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 perishability (audio) , ˌpe-​ri-​ \ noun
perishable noun

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Fair attendees can also participate in the annual community service project by bringing cans and boxes of non-perishable food for a local food bank. Pomerado News, "A golden celebration for Spirit of the Fourth," 26 June 2019 This device revolutionized the transportation industry, allowing for perishable foods to be carried farther distances. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "10 Minnesota innovations we can’t live without," 8 June 2019 Rides are just $1 on special donation days (non-perishable food drive, foster child clothing drive and pet food drive). Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "2019 Alameda County Fair: Your guide to the can’t-miss fun," 12 June 2019 Assemble an evacuation kit now with three days of clothing, non-perishable food and water, and copies of important documents. Drew Broach,, "For hurricane season, make a plan, assemble a kit, prepare to flee, Jefferson officials warn," 5 June 2019 Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes that perishable foods, which includes eggs, only last about two hours outside the refrigerator. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Do Hard Boiled Eggs Go Bad? Here's Exactly How Long They Last," 3 Apr. 2019 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

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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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