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[fik-tl; British fik-tahyl]
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  1. capable of being molded.
  2. made of earth, clay, etc., by a potter.
  3. of or relating to pottery.
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Origin of fictile

1620–30; < Latin fictilis earthen (literally, moldable), equivalent to fict(us) shaped (past participle of fingere) + -ilis -ile
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Examples from the Web for fictile

Historical Examples

  • Ovid, Fasti i. 201, says that the god had in his hand a fictile fulmen.

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People

    W. Warde Fowler

  • In the first none of the fictile ware was turned on the wheel or fire-baked.

  • For ours is a most fictile world; and man is the most fingent plastic of creatures.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • In Fictile art, in Fictile history, it is equally exemplary.

    Val d'Arno

    John Ruskin

  • The first and most obvious subdivision which the early British fictile ware admits of, is into hand-made and wheel-made pottery.

British Dictionary definitions for fictile


  1. moulded or capable of being moulded from clay; plastic
  2. made of clay by a potter
  3. relating to the craft of pottery
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin fictilis that can be moulded, hence, made of clay, from fingere to shape
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