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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•tri•tus /dɪˈtraɪtəs/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. disintegrated material;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•tri•tus  (di trītəs), 
  1. Geology, Rocksrock 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;
  • Latin: a rubbing away, equivalent. to dētrī-, variant stem of dēterere to wear down, rub off (de- de- + terere to rub) + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
  • French détritus
  • 1785–95
de•trital, adj. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

detritus /dɪˈtraɪtəs/ n
  1. a loose mass of stones, silt, etc, worn away from rocks
  2. an accumulation of disintegrated material or debris
  3. the organic debris formed from the decay of organisms
Etymology: 18th Century: from French détritus, from Latin dētrītus a rubbing away; see detriment

deˈtrital adj

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