adjective Etymology: modification of Middle French fibreux, from fibre fiber Date: 1597 1. a. containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers b. characterized by fibrosis c. capable of being separated into fibers <
a fibrous mineral
2. tough, sinewy <
fibrous texture

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