Easily broken likely to break fragile perhaps not difficult or tenacious
- lacking heat and generosity of character
- (of material or glass) maybe not annealed and consequently quickly cracked or fractured
- having little elasticity; hence quickly cracked or fractured or snapped
- caramelized sugar cooled in slim sheets
- Effortlessly broken; apt to break; delicate; perhaps not difficult or tenacious.
late 14c., britel, possibly from an unrecorded Old English adjective *brytel, pertaining to brytan "to break, lb, to break to pieces," from Proto-Germanic stem *brutila- "brittle," from *breutan "to-break up" (cognates: Old Norse brjota "to break," Old large German brodi "fragile"), from PIE *bhreu- "to cut, break up" (see bruise (v.)). With -le, suffix creating adjectives with meaning "liable to."
(a.) Effortlessly broken; more likely to break; fragile; maybe not difficult or tenacious.
Dryophilus has sometimes been gathered in mistake for the champignon, but this too grows in woods where the champignon never grows; it has a hollow instead of a solid stem, gills crowded together instead of far apart, and flesh very tender and brittle instead of tough.