Fit to be eaten; edible.
Something that can be eaten as food: meat, cheese, and other comestibles.
Old French, from
Late Latin comēstibilis
(influenced by pōtus
, past participle of comedere
, to eat up : com-
, intensive pref.; see COM-
, to eat; see ed- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots
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