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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Mark hadn't realized that the leaves of the rhubarb plant were inedible.
▪ Onondaga Lake is now so polluted that the fish are inedible.
▪ The meat had been cooked so long that it was inedible.
▪ He opened the second can and that too was filled with the same inedible mess.
▪ It is mixed with potato salad and is a heavy, almost inedible concoction.
▪ Sandi found most of the things on her plate inedible.
▪ Some individual birds do not use edible bait, but inedible lures, such as feathers.
▪ Sometimes the food was totally inedible.
▪ The grapes it produced were small and hard, inedible.
▪ This liquid was made by chopping up the roots of an inedible yam which looked like stringy, tough beetroot.
▪ This tree, Morus alba, produces poor, almost inedible, fruit.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Inedible \In*ed"i*ble\, a. [LL. inedibilis. See In- not, and Edible.] Not edible; not fit for use as food. -- In*ed`i*bil"i*ty, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"unfit to eat," 1822, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + edible. Related: Inedibly; inedibility.


a. not edible; not appropriate, worthy, or safe to eat n. Anything inedible; that which is not a foodstuff.


adj. not suitable for food [syn: uneatable] [ant: edible]

Usage examples of "inedible".

Fagging was not part of the official system at Spey, and he did not want the trouble of cooking another bloater if this one grew cold and, in his view, inedible.

He had been watching young chicks, he said, and noted how they explored their environment by pecking at crumbs or other small objects, including their own droppings, but quickly learned to distinguish edible from inedible items.

Of course that would probably either make it explode into far-flung fragments that would be lost in the briers, or crush shell and nutmeat into one inedible mass.

Goats were swift and bouncy, remorhaz and condors inedible, wolves and mammoths wary, humans nonexistent, and cave trolls considered orcs slave-fodder.

They were privileged to witness what happened in real tune, nonelectronically, in that obscure compass point of America, all standing now, the young men of bootcamp countenance, the lightbaked girls with freckled arms, the men with sheriff bellies, the bespectacled and longnecked womencrafty grim inedible birdsof middle age, the old men with one shoulder higher than the other, with dented felt hats and stained teeth.

Doctor Drinkwater bit on a briar pipe he really seldom used, took it out and stared hard at it, as though surprised to find it was inedible.

He produced a bubble pipe and whipped up a bowl of suds in the kitchen, watched by two bemused cats who were baffled by a bowl of anything that was inedible and unpotable.

In the camping department, they found some MRE packs in acceptable condition, a lot of dehydrated food completely inedible, plus some underwater flares and other items that J.

But then reflect that the vast majority of wild plants are unsuitable for obvious reasons: they are woody, they produce no edible fruit, and their leaves and roots are also inedible.

His mouth was open, lips dry, the muscles in his jaw aching as if he'd been chewing forever and a day on a raw hunk of inedible meat.

Confronted, as he sucked on his thumb, by this freezer compartment full of what Linda (and, yes, himself a little, too) considered inedible goodies, Bloom didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

And around the goosefish, the brainless, inedible horror of cartilage, the surface of the sea was blooming with dimpled humps.

Teosinte's value as food would not have impressed hunter-gatherers: it was less productive in the wild than wild wheat, it produced much less seed than did the corn eventually developed from it, and it enclosed its seeds in inedible hard coverings.

Most of this consisted of condensed milk and luncheon meat, virtually inedible unless supplemented by the delicacies stored away in Beatrice's deep freeze.

At Nanwalek village ten years on, the state again declared the clams inedible, poisoned by “persistent hydrocarbons”.