- Detritus is defined as a small loose pieces of rock that have worn or broken off, or any debris or disintegrated material.
- 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.
detritus definition by Webster's New World
- fragments of rock produced by disintegration, abrasion, etc.
- any debris
Origin: Classical Latin a rubbing away: see detriment
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- detrital adjective
detritus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun pl. detritus
- Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
- a. Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.b. Accumulated material; debris: “Poems, engravings, press releases—he eagerly scrutinizes the detritus of fame” (Carlin Romano).
Origin: French détritus, from Latin dētrītus, from past participle of dēterere, to lessen, wear away; see detriment.
- de·triˈtal adjective
detritus - Medical Definition
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noun pl. detritus
Loose matter resulting from the wearing away or disintegration of tissue or other material.
detritus - Science Definition
- Loose fragments, such as sand or gravel, that have been worn away from rock.
- Matter produced by the decay or disintegration of an organic substance.