- easily crumbled or reduced to powder; crumbly: friable rock.
Origin of friable
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Examples from the Web for friable
The same field, well drained, is friable and porous, and uniform in texture.Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
The muscles are friable and are covered with ecchymotic spots.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
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.Wonders of the Yellowstone
The matter left in the pot will be blackish and friable when cold.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.
Pierre Joseph Macquer
- easily broken up; crumbly
Word Origin and History for friable
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.
- Readily crumbled; brittle.
- Relating to a dry, brittle growth of bacteria.