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frangible (FRAN-juh-buhl) adjective
Readily broken; breakable.
[From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere (to break). The same Latin root is responsible for breaking in a number of other words, such as chamfer, defray, fraction, refract, infringe, and fracture.]
"The red-gray, meringue like substance ices some of the cave's surfaces
and ledges like cake frosting, from a millimeter to several inches thick,
and is so frangible you could cut it with a butter knife."
This week's theme: words with variant spellings.
You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)