PRONUNCIATION: (kuh-MES-tuh-buhl)

MEANING: noun: An article of food.
adjective: Fit to eat; edible.

ETYMOLOGY: From French comestible (edible, food), from Latin comedere (to eat up), from com- (intensive prefix) + edere (to eat). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ed- (to eat, to bite), which also gave us edible, obese, etch, fret, edacious, anodyne, esurient, prandial, and postprandial. Earliest documented use: 1483.

COMBESTIBLE - makes the most impressive bonfires

COMESSIBLE - two army battalions that can eat together

COMETIBLE - the comet named for astronomer Alfred Ible, its discoverer