Anything that you could possibly use for food is a comestible, a synonym of "edible." It can be used as a noun ("We shopped for comestibles") or an adjective ("It looked awful, but was comestible").

  • Pronunciation: /kə'mɛstɪbl/
  • English Description: suitable for use as food
  • Synonyms: edible
  • Chinese Translation: 可食用的(ke3 shi2 yong4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: comestible
  • ORIGIN: The word comestible, a rather formal-sounding word for food, has its roots in the Latin word comedere, which means "to eat up." Since comestible shares a background with the word consume, you will hopefully remember its meaning. Comestible was first recorded in the 15th century, and it bounced around as an adjective before becoming a noun in the 19th century.


  • You can't sell a comestible that funds clean needle programs or cancer research.
  • That’s a lot to ask of cinematic comestibles.

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