unidentifiable

adjective
un·​iden·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl , -ə-ˌden-\

Definition of unidentifiable

: impossible to identify : not identifiable an unidentifiable odor

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Other Words from unidentifiable

unidentifiably \ ˌən-​ī-​ˌden-​tə-​ˈfī-​ə-​blē , -​ə-​ˌden-​ \ adverb

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Stray dogs ripped at the corpse of an unidentifiable animal. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Rain Slows Search for Tsunami Dead, as Indonesia Recalls 2004 Disaster," 26 Dec. 2018 Piles of trash, plastic bottles and other unidentifiable refuse can be seen rippling and crashing ashore in video and images posted on social media. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Waves of garbage crash ashore in stunning footage," 15 Aug. 2018 These waters did not disappoint, especially the two final dives off the coast of the Carolinas, where ROV encountered several unidentifiable creatures. Kelli Bender, ajc, "'Horror' lizardfish and weird unidentifiable creatures found chilling off Carolina coast," 13 July 2018 The artifact was found on July 1, with an alabaster bust, its features weathered down and rendered unidentifiable. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 2018 These people describe symptoms that include skin rashes and threads of an unidentifiable fabric emerging from the sores. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "3 Sobering Documentaries on Netflix, Fandor and Field of Vision," 5 July 2018 All the while, Gomez hums an unidentifiable tune while American Horror Story-esque music plays in the background. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez, Horror Movie Star? Watch Her Creepy Turn in Petra Collins' New Short Film," 21 June 2018 Gum stains and splotches from unidentifiable sources were plainly obvious. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Sears, Kmart stores ailing as CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund gets hundreds of millions," 18 June 2018 The unidentifiable figure, an Iranian Everyman, seems about to take a cautious step forward — or, more sinisterly, dangles suspended in space. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of unidentifiable

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unidentifiable was circa 1909

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unidentifiable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unidentifiable

: impossible to identify

unidentifiable

adjective
un·​iden·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl\

Kids Definition of unidentifiable

: impossible to identify : not recognizable unidentifiable sounds

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