Suitable to be used by man for food; eatable; edible; as, esculent plants; esculent fish. Esculent grain for food. (Sir W.

(Science: zoology) Jones) esculent swallow, the swallow which makes the edible birds-nest. See edible birds-nest, under edible.

Origin: L. Esculentus, fr. Escare to eat, fr. Esca food, fr. Edere to eat: cf. F. Esculent. See eat.

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