from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being molded; plastic.
  • adj. Formed of a moldable substance, such as clay or earth.
  • adj. Of or relating to earthenware or pottery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being molded into the shape of an artifact or art work
  • adj. Molded of clay or earth
  • adj. Of or relating to earthenware
  • adj. Capable of being led or directed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Molded, or capable of being molded, into form by art; relating to pottery or to molding in any soft material.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Molded into form by art.
  • Capable of being molded; plastic: as, fictile clay.
  • Having to do with pottery; composed of or consisting in pottery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)
  • adj. susceptible to being led or directed
  • adj. of or relating to the craft of pottery


Latin fictilis, made of clay, from fictus, past participle of fingere, to mold; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin fictilus, from fictus (from fingere ("to shape, form, devise")) + -ilis (Wiktionary)



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