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pe rih sh bl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: subject to death, decay, or destruction.
biodegradable, corruptible, decomposable, mortal
similar words:
ephemeral, short-lived, unstable
definition 2: of food, likely to spoil or rot in a short time.
similar words:
fresh, frozen, raw
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adverb + (adj.)perishable both, especially, extremely, hard, highly, instead, mostly, regularly
(adj.)perishable + noun airline, art, box, cargo, cat, chip, clothing, commodity, crate, desire, evidence, fiber, fish, flesh, flower, foodstuff, fruit, good, grocery, harvest, hour, ice, inventory, material, merchandise, nature, nut, object, one, piece, potato, produce, product, pundit, refrigerator, seat, seed, shipment, skill, space, storage, store, stuff, substance, tool, transportation, vegetable [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition: (usu. pl.) that which will spoil or decay, usu. in a short time, as certain foods.
similar words:
meats, produce
Word Combinations  About this feature
adjective + (n.)perishable other, sure
verb + (n.)perishable buy, keep, perish, put, store
noun + (n.)perishable Help cup, dairy, food, fridge, grandmother, item, meat, shop, water
derivations: perishably (adv.), perishability (n.), perishableness (n.)
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The word perishable contains the following part:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable