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I could kill you
If you eat, not waste me
Yet my whole
Can be very tasty
A part of me
Can be used to entice
And if you've an adult mind
My whole can't be done twice

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ -1 The last line is just bad taste. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Apr 8 '15 at 0:46
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It's

A cherry A cherry pit

I could kill you If you eat, not waste me

Cherry-bomb. Per Josh' comments: apparently a cherry pit is poisonous.

Yet my whole Can be very tasty

Cherry the fruit

A part of me Can be used to entice

Knotting the stem with the tongue, is apparently considered attractive

And if you've an adult mind My whole can't be done twice

"Pop the cherry" idiom.

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  • $\begingroup$ Go just a step deeper, and you get the point! It's not the cherry itself I'm looking for... $\endgroup$ – Josh Feb 18 '15 at 14:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Josh, you mean the seed? As in you can choke on it and die? $\endgroup$ – Jordy Feb 18 '15 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, the pit is poisonous, and chewing on it can kill you. ;) $\endgroup$ – Josh Feb 18 '15 at 15:04
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    $\begingroup$ I made an new edit ;) $\endgroup$ – Jordy Feb 18 '15 at 15:08
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    $\begingroup$ It's a myth. the hydrocyanid is not enough to kill a person. You would need to eat plenty to die. Have you ever eaten cherries from a glass? I mean when the pits are picked out first? Sometimes you will have a broken one in that bottle and I already ate some :) $\endgroup$ – RayofCommand Feb 18 '15 at 16:07
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is it

an apple?

I could kill you
If you eat, not waste me

apple seeds contain tiny amount of cyanide

Yet my whole
Can be very tasty

obviously the apple itself is tasty

A part of me
Can be used to entice

something about the forbidden fruit

And if you've an adult mind
My whole can't be done twice

forbidden fruit again I guess

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  • $\begingroup$ You're on the right track - I didn't think of the Garden of Eden apple, but it doesn't quite fit the last couplet. $\endgroup$ – Josh Feb 18 '15 at 3:47
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Is it...

False hope?

I could kill you
If you eat, not waste me

Clinging to it can only consume you, better to nip it in the bud.

Yet my whole
Can be very tasty

The comfort of illusion is usually much better than the harsh reality

A part of me
Can be used to entice

As charlatans, mountebanks, politicians, grifters and swindlers of all shades know all too well.

And if you've an adult mind
My whole can't be done twice

Because once you know, you cannot un-know without conscious self-deceit.

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  • $\begingroup$ Way to think outside the box! However incorrect, this is still a very good answer, except it doesn't take an adult mind. $\endgroup$ – Josh Feb 18 '15 at 15:01

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