friable [ frahy-uh-buhl ]
1. easily crumbled or reduced to powder; crumbly: friable rock.
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OTHER WORDS FROM FRIABLE
fri·a·bil·i·ty, fri·a·ble·ness, noun
WORDS RELATED TO FRIABLE
breakable, crumbly, fragile
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Origin: 1555–65; < Latin friābilis, equivalent to friā(re) to rub, crumble + -ābilis-able
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR FRIABLE
Another specimen of sandstone is friable, of a light flesh-red colour, and apparently composed of the debris of granite.
NARRATIVE OF A SURVEY OF THE INTERTROPICAL AND WESTERN COASTS OF AUSTRALIA] [VOLUME 2 OF 2]|PHILLIP PARKER KING
At B will be observed the employment of masonry to strengthen the crumbling walls of the friable tufa.
THE CATACOMBS OF ROME|WILLIAM HENRY WITHROW
They are sometimes very friable, sometimes very hard; and some that are friable when they first fall, become hard afterwards.
THE RAIN CLOUD|ANONYMOUS
The top-spit earth from an upland pasture, loamy, friable, and well reduced; 3.
THE DIFFERENT MODES OF CULTIVATING THE PINE-APPLE|JOHN CLAUDIUS LOUDON
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