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de·tri·tus

 (dĭ-trī′təs)
n. pl. detritus
1. Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
2. Disintegrated or eroded matter; debris: the detritus of past civilizations.

[French détritus, from Latin dētrītus, from past participle of dēterere, to lessen, wear away; see detriment.]

de·tri′tal (-trīt′l) adj.

detritus

(dɪˈtraɪtəs)
n
1. (Geological Science) a loose mass of stones, silt, etc, worn away from rocks
2. an accumulation of disintegrated material or debris
3. (Biology) the organic debris formed from the decay of organisms
[C18: from French détritus, from Latin dētrītus a rubbing away; see detriment]
deˈtrital adj

de•tri•tus

(dɪˈtraɪ təs)

n.
1. rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.
2. any disintegrated material; debris.
[1785–95; < French détritus < Latin: a rubbing away]
de•tri′tal, adj.

de·tri·tus

(dĭ-trī′təs)
Loose fragments, such as sand or gravel, that have been worn away from rock.

Detritus

 an accumulation of debris; any waste or disintegrated material. See also debris.
Examples: detritus of languages, 1851; of ruins, 1866; of loose stones, 1851; loose detritus of thought, 1849.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detritus - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken updetritus - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
rubbish, trash, scrap - worthless material that is to be disposed of
slack - dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
2.detritus - loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"

detritus

noun debris, remains, waste, rubbish, fragments, litter burnt-out buildings, littered with the detritus of war
Translations

detritus

[dɪˈtraɪtəs] N (frm) → detrito(s) m(pl), detritus m

detritus

[dɪˈtraɪtəs] n (= rubbish) → détritus m

detritus

n (Geol) → Geröll nt; (fig)Müll m

detritus

[dɪˈtraɪtəs] n
a. (rubbish) → rifiuti mpl (fig) the detritus of societyi rifiuti della società
b. (Geol) → rocce fpl detritiche

de·tri·tus

n., pl. desechos.
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Their humus cover is classified as dry calci-mull, with a high concentration, but low stock of soil organic carbon in A horizon and biologically active unlayered detritic O horizon.
9 because of the disparate behaviour of V, Ni and Cr during redox processes in marine environments characterised by fine-grained detritic sedimentation.