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Fit to be eaten; edible.‘Edible algae as well as higher plants that are manipulated so that they are esculent as a whole are cultivated there.’‘There are few sorts of fruit trees or esculent vegetables which require less depth of earth to grow in than two feet to bring them to perfection.’
A thing, especially a vegetable, which is fit to be eaten.‘The Senate resolution requesting the Canal Board to reduce the rate of freight on apples and all esculents transported on the canal, was adopted.’‘In 1806, McMahon mentions four sorts of celery in his list of garden esculents for American use.’
Early 17th century from Latin esculentus, from esca ‘food’, from esse ‘eat’.
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