Detritus Definition

Fragments of rock produced by disintegration, abrasion, etc.
Webster's New World
Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
American Heritage
Any debris.
Webster's New World

(biology) Organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals.


Origin of Detritus

  • French détritus from Latin dētrītus from past participle of dēterere to lessen, wear away detriment

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin detritus (“the act of rubbing away”), from dēterō (“rub away”).

    From Wiktionary

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