Detritus meaning

dĭ-trītəs
Any debris.
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Loose fragments, such as sand or gravel, that have been worn away from rock.
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Disintegrated or eroded matter; debris.

The detritus of past civilizations.

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

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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.

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Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
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Fragments of rock produced by disintegration, abrasion, etc.
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Matter produced by the decay or disintegration of an organic substance.
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(countable, chiefly geological) Pieces of rock broken off by ice, glacier, or erosion.
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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