Etymology
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comestible (n.)

1837, "article of food," from French comestible (14c.), from Late Latin comestibilis, from Latin comestus, past participle of comedere "eat up, consume," from com "with, together," here "thoroughly" (see com-) + edere "to eat" (from PIE root *ed- "to eat"). It was attested earlier as an adjective meaning "fit to eat" but this seems to have fallen from use 17c., and the word was reintroduced from French as a noun.

updated on January 28, 2018

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Definitions of comestible from WordNet
1
comestible (n.)
any substance that can be used as food;
2
comestible (adj.)
suitable for use as food;
Synonyms: edible / eatable
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