adj 1: easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder;
"friable sandstone"; "friable carcinomatous tissue";
"friable curds formed in the stomach"
2: (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency;
"light sandy soil"

syn: breakable, brittle, brittle as glasscrisp, crispy, crumbly, crump, crushable, delicate, fissile, flimsy, fracturable, fragile, frail, frangible, lacerable, pulverizable, pulverulent, scissile, shatterable, shattery, shivery, splintery, triturable, vulnerable

Usage: Just as sometimes I feel that reading some of those books on very friable yellow paper that come apart in your hand, and come unglued from the spine, and the print's all over the page, and it seems to have been written for people who have magnifying lenses in their glasses, that's hard work too.

Origin : Friable comes from Latin friabilis, from friare, "to rub, break, or crumble into small pieces."

Friation \Fri*a"tion\ (n.) The act of breaking up or pulverizing.

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