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detritus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Detritus  \De*tri"tus\,  n.  [F.  d['e]tritus,  fr  L.  detritus,  p. 
  p.  of  deterere  See  {Detriment}.] 
  1.  (Geol.)  A  mass  of  substances  worn  off  from  solid  bodies  by 
  attrition,  and  reduced  to  small  portions;  as  diluvial 
  detritus. 
 
  Note:  For  large  portions,  the  word  d['e]bris  is  used 
 
  2.  Hence:  Any  fragments  separated  from  the  body  to  which  they 
  belonged;  any  product  of  disintegration. 
 
  The  mass  of  detritus  of  which  modern  languages  are 
  composed.  --Farrar. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  detritus 
  n  1:  the  remains  of  something  that  has  been  destroyed  or  broken 
  up  [syn:  {debris},  {dust},  {junk},  {rubble}] 
  2:  loose  material  (stone  fragments  and  silt  etc)  that  is  worn 
  away  from  rocks 




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