Is there a word for inanimate objects that look good to eat such as a cloud that looks like ice cream or cocking that looks like frosting?

  • A mirage? As of a pool of water in a desert. Can you supply a sentence (add it to the question) with a blank where the word you want might go? – JEL Nov 2 '15 at 4:01
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    Do you mean caulking? – Jim Nov 2 '15 at 4:28
  • perhaps: bitterly disappointing. – Jim Nov 2 '15 at 4:29
  • "That cloud looks good enough to eat." "Looks good enough to eat" is an idiom. – Hot Licks Nov 2 '15 at 9:41
  • I have to ask but what is cocking? It must be a thing, right? But a thing that looks like cake frosting, which is usually thick creamy-like icing. If cocking is a typo, I still can't figure out what it should be. – Mari-Lou A Nov 2 '15 at 11:55

Those inanimate objects that look good to eat are only 'illusions', so far as I know; 'an illusion of edibility' or 'an appetizing illusion' would put a finer point on it, I suppose. I know of no single word for the concept you're asking about.

In the case of clouds, there are some that look like popcorn, and they're called 'popcorn clouds'.

The "Cloud Appreciation Society", avowed enemy of blue-sky thinking, presents a regular stew of clouds that look good to eat, as well as clouds that look like other things.


Delectable; delicious; yummy; kosher; succulent.

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