easily crumbled or crushed into powder
Origin of friableFrench from Classical Latin friabilis from friare, to rub, crumble from Indo-European base an unverified form bhr?i-, to cut, scrape from source Russian brit', to shave, Classical Latin fricare, to rub
Readily crumbled; brittle: friable asbestos insulation.
Origin of friableLatin friābilis from friāre to crumble
(comparative more friable, superlative most friable)
Latin friābilis, from friō (“to crumble”).