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From Latin ēsculentus (fit for eating, eatable, edible; good to eat, delicious; nourishing; full of food) + English -ent (suffix forming adjectives with the sense of causing, doing, or promoting a certain action). Ēsculentus is derived from ēsca (food; dish prepared for the table; bait)[1] (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- (to eat)) + -ulentus (suffix meaning ‘abounding in, full of’ forming adjectives).



esculent (comparative more esculent, superlative most esculent) (formal)

  1. Suitable for eating; eatable, edible.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:edible
    Antonyms: inesculent; see also Thesaurus:inedible
  2. (figuratively)Good enough to eat”; attractive.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:beautiful
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:ugly
    • 1979, Kyril Bonfiglioli, “After You with the Pistol”, in The Mortdecai Trilogy, London: Penguin Books, published 2001, →ISBN, page 334:
      My custodian was now the 'Old Bill', the magistrate was one of those soppy, earnest chaps who long to hear of broken homes and deprived childhoods and Johanna was looking esculent in a cinnamon sheath such as you could not buy with a lifetime's trading-stamps.

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esculent (plural esculents) (formal)

  1. Something edible, especially a vegetable; a comestible.
  2. (mycology, specifically) An edible mushroom.
    • 2015, Vera Stucky Evenson; Denver Botanic Gardens, Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Portland, Or.: Timber Press, →ISBN:
      [Morchella] esculentoides [is] similar to Morchella esculenta, a European esculent, whose name, appropriately, means "edible".

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