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Edible; fit for eating.
[L. esculentus, edible]
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But there is not a shadow of evidence in favour of this view: to assert that we could not breed our cart and race-horses, long and short-horned cattle, and poultry of various breeds, and esculent vegetables, for an almost infinite number of generations, would be opposed to all experience.
One favorite story was about a "voyage to Ireland with a cargo of potatoes, and how, having accidentally left one in each bag, he found, on his return voyage, his vessel (which he supposed to be only in ballast) fast settling in the water, and how, upon taking up the hatches to look for the leak, he discovered that the seed of potatoes had propagated, each its bag full, so that he returned with a larger cargo of the esculent than he set out with.
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