Origin of Debris
Borrowing from French débris, itself from dé- (“de-”) + bris (“broken, crumbled”), or from Middle French debriser (“to break apart”), from Old French debrisier, itself from de- + brisier (“to break apart, shatter, bust”), from Frankish *brestan (“to break violently, shatter, bust”), from Proto-Germanic *brestaną (“to break, burst”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrest- (“to separate, burst”). Cogante with Old High German bristan (“to break asunder, burst”), Old English berstan (“to break, shatter, burst”). More at burst.
French débris from Old French debrisier to break to pieces de- intensive pref. de– brisier to break (from Vulgar Latin brīsāre to press grapes) (probably of Celtic origin)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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