Meaning of BRITTLE in English


adj. & n.

adj. hard and fragile; apt to break.

n. a brittle sweet made from nuts and set melted sugar. brittle-bone disease = OSTEOPOROSIS. brittle-star an echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, with long brittle arms radiating from a small central body. brittlely adv. brittleness n. brittly adv.

[ ME ult. f. a Gmc root rel. to OE breotan break up ]

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