Any of a range of European abbreviations for food additives used on labels. The E number E100 represents turmeric. (UK, Ireland, informal) Any such additive, often regarded as undesirable. 2003, Deirdre Brennan, Maighread Medbh, Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Divas! I finger Padre Pio paperweights and Our Lady of Knock sticks of rock that are packed with more e-numbers than could be safe at one sitting. 2007, Anne Enright, The Gathering ...how long it took corpses to go off these days, because everyone was so full of E-numbers and preservatives.
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