Origin of friable
Examples from the Web for friable
They are friable in the hand, meagre to the touch, and difficultly form a paste with water.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
In consistency it is generally soft and friable, but hard masses, nodules and bands often occur in it.
The lower part of the mound was built of large blocks of limestone and rubble, held loosely together with friable mortar.The Maya Indians of Southern Yucatan and Northern British Honduras|Thomas William Francis Gann
The bed for the seed should be prepared with care and a friable loam is the best for the purpose.
Amber objects are well preserved in water or in peat, but if they have lain in earth, they are darkened and often friable.The Preservation of Antiquities|Friedrich Rathgen
British Dictionary definitions for friable
Word Origin for friable
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.