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Tuesday, March 10

Frangible

[FRAN-jə-bəl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 15th century

1.

Fragile; brittle.

2.

Easily breakable.

Examples of Frangible in a sentence

"The tiny puppy felt frangible, but he was growing quickly."

"Kids weren't allowed into the antique store, because it was full of frangible valuables."

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About Frangible

Frangible is an adjective describing anything delicate or breakable. It can describe a brittle texture that could snap or crumble in your hands. But you could also use it in a more figurative sense for easily bruised and broken feelings.

Did you Know?

Frangible has taken a journey from the ancient Latin verb “frangere,” meaning to break, to medieval Latin frangibilis, over to Old French, and then finally to its current state in Middle English. It’s a sturdy progression for such a flimsy word.

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