Definition of fictile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiktl/


1Made of earth or clay by a potter.
Example sentences
  • In the annexed woodcut, the female figure in the middle is copied from a fictile vase.
  • A labourer at Ateste, near Padua, in Italy, found a sepulchre, in which was a fictile urn, and within it there stood another urn, and in this smaller one.
1.1Relating to pottery or its manufacture.
Example sentences
  • Apart, therefore, from the exquisite beauty of many remains of fictile art, which confers on them a high intrinsic value, the works of the potter have been minutely studied by the archaeologist.
  • Fragments of rude pottery, composed of a mixture of clay and gravel, and imperfectly burnt, are indications that in fictile work the primitive dwellers on the shores of Lake Deschênes had mastered the initial stages in the manufacture of domestic utensils.
1.2Capable of being molded; plastic.
Example sentences
  • Beads of artificial substances were produced from a very fine textured fictile clay and consolidated by a firing process.
  • Porcelain is a fictile material intermediate between glass and pottery.


Early 17th century: from Latin fictilis, from fict- 'formed, contrived', from the verb fingere.

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Syllabification: fic·tile

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