sectility


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sec·tile

 (sĕk′təl, -tīl′)
adj.
Of or relating to a mineral that can be cut or severed smoothly by a knife but cannot withstand pulverization.

[Latin sectilis, from sectus, past participle of secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]

sec·til′i·ty (-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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