friable

Part of speech:

Easily crumbled.

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Usage examples "friable":

  1. The different forms of decay in wood are accompanied by fungi, which either completely destroy the tissue, or alter its nature so much by the abstraction of the cellulose and lignine, that it becomes loose and friable. - "Fungi: Their Nature and Uses", Mordecai Cubitt Cooke.
  2. Two little dark marks on the white, friable stone, marks that the first small shower of rain would wash away, marks that the first keen sandstorm would rub off- this was his only proof. - "Bull Hunter", Max Brand.
  3. By this course the furrows are partially filled with loose, friable soil and manure, and they average four or five inches in depth. - "The Home Acre", E. P. Roe.