friable

[ frahy-uh-buhl ]SEE DEFINITION OF friable

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The same field, well drained, is friable and porous, and uniform in texture.

The muscles are friable and are covered with ecchymotic spots.

As they are now friable and porous, they require to be delicately handled.

The bright colors are on the surface of the rock only, which is too friable to be preserved.

The matter left in the pot will be blackish and friable when cold.

Fruit large; flesh soft and friable, but juicy, pleasant and aromatic.

The paste varies from a friable clay to a hard, ringing stone-ware.

The rock through this whole district is of a soft, friable nature.

If clots are found at all, they are large, soft, and friable.

Mellow, friable soils are not more important to any other crop than to flax.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Middle French friable and directly from Latin friabilis "easily crumbled or broken," from friare "rub away, crumble into small pieces," related to fricare "to rub" (see friction). Related: Friability.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FRIABLE

breakable

adjectiveeasily hurt or destroyed
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