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 for friable
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Friable \Fri"a*ble\, a. [L. friabilis, fr. friare to rub, break,
     or crumble into small pieces, cf. fricare to rub, E. fray:
     cf. F. friable.]
     Easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder. "Friable
     ground." --Evelyn. "Soft and friable texture." --Paley. --
     Fri'a*ble*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder;
             "friable sandstone"; "friable carcinomatous tissue";
             "friable curds formed in the stomach";"crumbly cookies"
             [syn: crumbly, friable]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  27 Moby Thesaurus words for "friable":
     breakable, brittle, brittle as glass, crackable, crimp, crisp,
     crispy, crumbly, crump, crushable, delicate, fissile, flimsy,
     fracturable, fragile, frail, frangible, lacerable, pulverizable,
     pulverulent, scissile, shatterable, shattery, shivery, splintery,
     triturable, vulnerable

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