- An example of detritus is small pieces of shale broken off by erosion.
- An example of detritus is the leaves that have fallen from a tree in winter.
- fragments of rock produced by disintegration, abrasion, etc.
- any debris
Origin of detritusL, a rubbing away: see detriment
- Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
- Disintegrated or eroded matter; debris: the detritus of past civilizations.
Origin of detritusFrench détritus, from Latin d&emacron;tr&imacron;tus, from past participle of d&emacron;terere, to lessen, wear away; see detriment.
(usually uncountable, plural detritus or detrita)
- (countable, chiefly geological) pieces of rock broken off by ice, glacier, or erosion.
- (biology) Organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals.
- debris or fragments of disintegrated material
- 2001. "But of course: no clutter. No newspapers, no renegade scraps of domestic detritus, no rubber bands, paper clips, coupons, pens or pencils, notebooks, magazines. No knives. Where were the knives?" — Chip Kidd. The Cheese Monkeys
From Latin detritus (“the act of rubbing away”), from dēterō (“rub away”).