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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.
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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]
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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]
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Loose fragments, such as sand or gravel, that have been worn away from rock.
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Detritusan 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.
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|Noun||1.||detritus - the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up|
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|
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noun debris, remains, waste, rubbish, fragments, litter burnt-out buildings, littered with the detritus of war
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detritus[dɪˈtraɪtəs] n (= rubbish) → détritus m
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b. (Geol) → rocce fpl detritiche
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n., pl. desechos.
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