perishable

adjective per·ish·able \ ˈper-i-shə-bəl , ˈpe-ri- \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of perishable

: liable to perish : liable to spoil or decay
  • such perishable products as fruit, vegetables, butter, and eggs

perishability

play \ˌper-i-shə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌpe-ri-\ noun

perishable

noun

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First Known Use of perishable

15th century


PERISHABLE Defined for English Language Learners

perishable

adjective

Definition of perishable for English Language Learners

  • : likely to spoil or decay quickly : not likely to stay fresh for a long time if not eaten or used


PERISHABLE Defined for Kids

perishable

adjective per·ish·able \ ˈper-i-shə-bəl \

Definition of perishable for Students

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


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