perishable

adjective
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

Examples of perishable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some were affected by the initial panic buying the pandemic stirred in late March, including running out of non-perishable items like canned food and rice along with cleaning products and toilet paper. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Amid coronavirus-related shortages, Louisville's international markets are 'busier than ever'," 14 May 2020 Natural Grocers will no longer accept returns of prepackaged bulk, special ordered bulk and perishable items (dairy, frozen, deli, meat and produce). oregonlive, "Portland-area grocery stores continue adapting to coronavirus crisis; more require shoppers to wear face masks," 13 May 2020 Still, the bots can’t pick fresh produce and other perishable items yet, so that’s handled by employees in the store. Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg.com, "Walmart Unveils Robot-Run Warehouse to Whisk Food to Your Car," 10 May 2020 The drive has a variety of frozen meats, fresh produce and non-perishable items, the website stated. Ryan Vlahovich, azcentral, "Need food? St. Mary's Food Bank and Arizona Coyotes to hand out food at Gila River Arena," 4 May 2020 And in another frame the young girl can be seen loading backs of non-perishable food items ready for delivery. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte's Fifth Birthday Photos Show Her Celebrating in the Most Meaningful Way," 1 May 2020 Since mid-March, the Cherokee Nation has delivered food to elders across the reservation – including perishable items from 10 casinos and hotels the tribe shut down. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Native Americans, coronavirus looks heartbreakingly familiar," 30 Apr. 2020 Natural Grocers will no longer accept returns of prepackaged bulk, special ordered bulk and perishable items (dairy, frozen, deli, meat and produce). oregonlive, "Portland-area grocery stores continue to adapt to coronavirus crisis, encouraging customers to shop less often," 21 Apr. 2020 Unlike many other agricultural commodities, milk is perishable and cannot be stored for a later date when the market demand and price rise. NBC News, "Dairy farmers forced to dump milk as demand drops amid coronavirus closures," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of perishable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Perishable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perishable. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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perishable

adjective
How to pronounce perishable (audio)

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

perishable

adjective
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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