Word of the Day – Friable

By November 18, 2020Word of the Day

Friable (adj)


Easily crumbled.

Mid 16th century from French, or from Latin friabilis, from friare ‘to crumble’.

Example sentences

“The mixture was too dry, friable between her fingers.”

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