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

adj suitable for use as food

comestible, eatable
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
capable of being converted into assimilable condition in the alimentary canal
palatable, toothsome
acceptable to the taste or mind
easy to cut or chew
inedible, uneatable
not suitable for food
not safe to eat
digested with difficulty
not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
resistant to cutting or chewing
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n any substance that can be used as food

comestible, eatable, pabulum, victual, victuals
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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