What does the word potable mean?

Usage examples for potable

  1. The ship carried only limited amounts of potable water and the only water available for keeping clean was salt water; true we had showers and could purchase salt- water soap but this was not very effective and rinsing off was difficult; the end result was not satisfactory particularly when trying to get one's hair squeaky clean. – Coming of Age: 1939-1946 by John Cox
  2. The inhabitants of Tola, Jura, and other outlying districts, now brew a potable beer by mixing two- thirds of heath tops with one of malt. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie
  3. Roger was thinking of Burton's words on the immortal weed- Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosopher's stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases. – The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

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