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Edible; fit for eating.
[L. esculentus, edible]
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Differential effects of cooked common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and lentil (Lens esculent puyensis) feeding on protein and nucleic acid contents in intestines, liver and muscles in rats.
And if astronauts ever venture to Mars, John Reader asserts in his 2009 book Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent, potatoes will surely be a staple of their daily meals.
failed to see that far from indiscriminate 'merging' and 'trying to fit a cosmos inside his own skin,' Whitman was attempting, through comic hyperbole ('I find I incorporate gneiss, coal, long-threaded moss, fruits, grains, esculent roots, / And am stucco'd with quadrupeds and birds all over'), to inaugurate what we now call holistic or biocentric consciousness, to define the self not as autonomous ego but as an elaborate network of relationships and dependencies with everything else" (36-7).
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.
When so many costs are devoted to superb and splendid buildings, luxurious clothes, and all kinds of esculent delights--I pass over in silence the innumerable remainder of unnecessary things--is it any marvel that poverty is dreaded if the gain of usury is not abandoned?
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