The soil should be in a friable condition, and it must be trodden firmly, after the manner usual for an Onion bed.
The muscles are friable and are covered with ecchymotic spots.
The most approved kind is of the colour of honey; it is streaked with fine sinuous veins and is friable and not stony.
The bright colors are on the surface of the rock only, which is too friable to be preserved.
There remains a friable earthy-looking residuum, consisting of rotten mould and charcoal.
The rock through this whole district is of a soft, friable nature.
Dry—Where the soil is friable, and the subsoil porous (if there be no springs), the term dry should be used.
If clots are found at all, they are large, soft, and friable.
Nearly all these bones were decayed and friable, and could not be removed without crumbling away.
Mellow, friable soils are not more important to any other crop than to flax.
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.
friable fri·a·ble (frī'ə-bəl)
Readily crumbled; brittle.
Relating to a dry, brittle growth of bacteria.