MEANING: noun: Something, such as a shape, curve, pattern, etc., where smaller parts have the same characteristics.
adjective: Having the form or qualities of a fractal.

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010), from Latin fractus (broken), from frangere (to break). Earliest documented use: 1975.

FACTAL - true dat

FRACTOL - organic alcohol, by-product of shale fracturing during oil extraction

'TRACTAL - brand name of that new Bug-Zapper company