- 1979: my custodian was now the ‘Old Bill’, the magistrate was one of those soppy, earnest chaps who long to hear of broken homes and deprived childhoods and Johanna was looking esculent in a cinnamon sheath such as you could not buy with a lifetime's trading-stamps. — Kyril Bonfiglioli, After You with the Pistol (Penguin 2001, p. 334)
- Something edible; a comestible.
- 1997: Meanwhile, maize and morning glories, tomatoes and cherry trees, every flower and Esculent known to Linnæus, thriv’d. — Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon