Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Brittle (Page: 182)

Brit"tle (?), a. [OE. britel, brutel, AS. bryttian to dispense, fr. breótan to break; akin to Icel. brytja, Sw. bryta, Dan. bryde. Cf. Brickle.] Easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious<-- contrast to flexible; usually hard -->.

Farewell, thou pretty, brittle piece Of fine-cut crystal. Cotton.
Brittle silver ore, the mineral stephanite.