One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Able to be refracted.
- ‘Newton had been inveigled into publishing his explanation of the rainbow, asserting that the colours of the rainbow are generated from white light (as from the Sun) merely because they are ‘differently refrangible’.’
Late 17th century: from modern Latin refrangibilis, from refrangere ‘break up’ (see refract).
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