Comestible vs Consumable - What's the difference?

comestible | consumable |


As adjectives the difference between comestible and consumable

is that comestible is suitable to be eaten; edible while consumable is that is consumed or depleted upon use.

As nouns the difference between comestible and consumable

is that comestible is (chiefly|in the plural) anything that can be eaten; food while consumable is a material or product that is produced for consumption.

comestible

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Suitable to be eaten; edible.
  • * Sir T. Elyot
  • Some herbs are most comestible .
  • * 1972 March 6, Richard W. Langer, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: Growing Your Own Fresh Herbs'', '' , page 40,
  • What with freeze-dried chives costing $96 a pound, and those snipped fresh for the omelette from the potted garden on the kitchen ledge almost free, the bountiful begonia has given way in many apartments to more comestible greenery.
  • * 1993 , , Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring , 2000, page 112,
  • Lestrade raised his mug in a loyal toast while Lady Pauline saw to the more comestible sort for breakfast.
  • * 2007 , Rene Simo, The Little Gringo: Love and Martyrdom in Cameroon , page 12,
  • From the palm nut we derive palm oil, the most comestible oil in our country and in the whole of Africa.

    Usage notes

    Relatively formal; edible is the usual term, while eatable is rather informal.

    Synonyms

    * (suitable to be eaten) eatable, edible

    Coordinate terms

    * drinkable, potable

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (chiefly, in the plural) Anything that can be eaten; food.
  • * 1910 , Frank Richards, The Greyfriar?s Picnic ,
  • Comestibles of all sorts came to view, and a smell of cooking spread itself among the trees.
  • * 1986 February, Joan Fox, Restaurants: Just Like Mama Used to Cook'', '' , page 116,
  • Both serve up, with no fanfare, country comestibles .
  • * June 4th, 1989 , “Pete Granger” (username), Hack Tutorial, Part 03/03] , [http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.hack rec.games.hack:
  • For instance, a food ration can be polymorphed into a carrot, a tripe ration, or any other comestible .
  • * 2003 , Priscilla Boniface, Tasting Tourism: Travelling for Food and Drink , page 74,
  • Precisely that, for example, homemade food, craft pottery, rough-hewn wood furniture, and consumption of comestibles in a barn, are not the usual daily experience is the reason it is fun, enticing and a contrast for a person when on holiday.

    Usage notes

    Rather formal; the simple term food is far more common. Similarly, the term beverage often serves as a formal equivalent of the more common drink. In both cases, the more elevated term (comestible'' , ''beverage'') is of French origin, while the plain term (''food,'' ''drink ) is of Old English origin, and this stylistic difference by origin is common; see (list of English words with dual French and Anglo-Saxon variations).

    Synonyms

    * foodstuff, sustenance, victuals * See also

    Coordinate terms

    * beverage (relatively formal term for something intended to be drunk)

    References

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    consumable

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • That is consumed or depleted upon use.
  • That may be eaten.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A material or product that is produced for consumption.
  • printer consumables such as toner and ink cartridges