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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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