inedible

The adjective inedible is good for describing a food that cannot be eaten, like your grandmother's burnt toast, or an object that shouldn't be eaten, like your snow boots.

Some things are literally inedible, like your dining room table or a cast iron skillet, while others are described as inedible in a more figurative way: "I can't stand cilantro — now this taco is totally inedible!" The word has been around since the early 1800's to mean "unfit to eat," combining the Latin prefix in, which means "not" or "the opposite," with edibilis, "eatable" in Late Latin.

Definitions of inedible
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adj not suitable for food

Synonyms:
uneatable
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
Antonyms:
comestible, eatable, edible
suitable for use as food
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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