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friable

[ frahy-uh-buhl ]

adjective

  1. easily crumbled or reduced to powder; crumbly:

    friable rock.

    Synonyms: frangible, fragile



friable

/ ˈfraɪəbəl /

adjective

  1. easily broken up; crumbly


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Derived Forms

  • ˌfriaˈbility, noun
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Other Words From

  • fria·bili·ty fria·ble·ness noun
  • un·fria·ble adjective
  • un·fria·ble·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of friable1

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin friābilis, equivalent to friā(re) “to rub, crumble” + -ābilis -able
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Word History and Origins

Origin of friable1

C16: from Latin friābilis , from friāre to crumble; related to Latin fricāre to rub down
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Example Sentences

Another specimen of sandstone is friable, of a light flesh-red colour, and apparently composed of the debris of granite.

At B will be observed the employment of masonry to strengthen the crumbling walls of the friable tufa.

They are sometimes very friable, sometimes very hard; and some that are friable when they first fall, become hard afterwards.

The top-spit earth from an upland pasture, loamy, friable, and well reduced; 3.

The bottoms are of rich friable earth, and afford grass of various kinds, among others that of red clover.

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