Meaning of BRITTLE in English

BRITTLE

adj. & n.

--adj. hard and fragile; apt to break.

--n. a brittle sweet made from nuts and set melted sugar.

Phrases and idioms:

brittle-bone disease OSTEOPOROSIS. brittle-star an echinoderm of the class Ophiuroidea, with long brittle arms radiating from a small central body.

Derivatives:

brittlely adv. brittleness n. brittly adv.

Etymology: ME ult. f. a Gmc root rel. to OE breotan break up

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.