Friable meaning

frīə-bəl
Readily crumbled; brittle.

Friable asbestos insulation.

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Easily crumbled or crushed into powder.
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Easily broken into small fragments, crumbled, or reduced to powder.
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(of soil) Loose and large-grained in consistency.
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(of poisons) Likely to crumble and become airborne, thus becoming a health risk.
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Origin of friable

  • Latin friābilis from friāre to crumble

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin friābilis, from friō (“to crumble”).

    From Wiktionary