edible

If it’s edible, you can eat it. Many things that you may not want to eat are, in fact, edible. Certain insects are edible, which just means that you can consume them without getting sick (if it doesn't gross you out too much).

Edible comes from the Latin word edere, which means “to eat.” Anything that people can safely eat is described as edible. Long before there were complex labels on our packages of food, human predecessors were living in caves and sampling various plants and animals for their survival, all the while learning the hard way whether or not certain things were either edible or poisonous. You are most likely a descendant of the ones who found the edible stuff.

Definitions of edible
  1. adjective
    suitable for use as food
    synonyms: comestible, eatable
    killable
    fit to kill, especially for food
    non-poisonous, nonpoisonous, nontoxic
    safe to eat
    pareve, parve
    containing no meat or milk (or their derivatives) and thus eatable with both meat and dairy dishes according to the dietary laws of Judaism
    digestible
    capable of being converted into assimilable condition in the alimentary canal
    palatable, toothsome
    acceptable to the taste or mind
    tender
    easy to cut or chew
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    Antonyms:
    inedible, uneatable
    not suitable for food
    poisonous
    not safe to eat
    indigestible
    digested with difficulty
    unpalatable
    not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
    tough
    resistant to cutting or chewing
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  2. noun
    any substance that can be used as food
    synonyms: comestible, eatable, pabulum, victual, victuals
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    types:
    tuck
    eatables (especially sweets)
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
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