esculent


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es·cu·lent

 (ĕs′kyə-lənt)
adj.
Suitable for eating; edible.

[Latin ēsculentus, from ēsca, food, from edere, ēs-, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

es′cu·lent n.

esculent

(ˈɛskjʊlənt)
n
any edible substance
adj
edible
[C17: from Latin ēsculentus good to eat, from ēsca food, from edere to eat]

es•cu•lent

(ˈɛs kyə lənt)

adj.
1. edible.
n.
2. something edible, esp. a vegetable.
[1615–25; < Latin ēsculentus edible, full of food]
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esculent

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Then consider what victual or esculent things there are, which grow speedily, and within the year; as parsnips, carrots, turnips, onions, radish, artichokes of Hierusalem, maize, and the like.
The remainder of the garden presented a well-selected assortment of esculent vegetables, in a praiseworthy state of advancement.
Here, therefore, during the fishing season, the Snake Indians resort from far and near, to lay in their stock of salmon, which, with esculent roots, forms the principal food of the inhabitants of these barren regions.
But there is not a shadow of evidence in favour of this view: to assert that we could not breed our cart and race-horses, long and short-horned cattle, and poultry of various breeds, and esculent vegetables, for an almost infinite number of generations, would be opposed to all experience.
for the nobler plants are valued for the fruit they bear at last in the air and light, far from the ground, and are not treated like the humbler esculents, which, though they may be biennials, are cultivated only till they have perfected their root, and often cut down at top for this purpose, so that most would not know them in their flowering season.

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