A victual is anything that can be eaten. Victuals are food.

Victual is a fancy word for a very simple thing: any substance that can be used as food. Everything in the food pyramid is a victual, and whatever you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are victuals. Words that apply to victuals are eatable and edible. A toddler eating a cigarette butt doesn't quite understand what's a victual and what's not.

Definitions of victual
  1. noun
    any substance that can be used as food
    synonyms: comestible, eatable, edible, pabulum, victuals
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    eatables (especially sweets)
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
  2. verb
    supply with food
    “The population was victualed during the war”
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    type of:
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  3. verb
    lay in provisions
    “The vessel victualled before the long voyage”
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    type of:
    hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
    keep or lay aside for future use
  4. verb
    take in nourishment
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    type of:
    eat a meal; take a meal
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