[fik-tl; British fik-tahyl]
- capable of being molded.
- made of earth, clay, etc., by a potter.
- of or relating to pottery.
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
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.The Masculine Cross
For ours is a most fictile world; and man is the most fingent plastic of creatures.The French Revolution
In Fictile art, in Fictile history, it is equally exemplary.Val d'Arno
The first and most obvious subdivision which the early British fictile ware admits of, is into hand-made and wheel-made pottery.The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland
- moulded or capable of being moulded from clay; plastic
- made of clay by a potter
- relating to the craft of pottery
C17: from Latin fictilis that can be moulded, hence, made of clay, from fingere to shape