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Brittle, as wood or vegetables.

Origin: cf. Amer. Bresk, brusk, fragile, brittle.

1. A rash or eruption; a sudden or transient fit of sickness.

2. Refuse boughs of trees; also, the clippings of hedges.

3. (Science: geology) broken and angular fragments of rocks underlying alluvial deposits.

4. Broken fragments of ice.

(Science: medicine) water brash, a severe form of diarrhea which sometimes attacks children just weaned.

See: brash brittle.