Definitions for detritusdɪˈtraɪ təs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.
Category: Geology, Petrology
any disintegrated material; debris.
Origin of detritus:
1785–95; < F détritus < L: a rubbing away
debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus(noun)
the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks
pieces of rock broken off by ice, glacier, or erosion.
Organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals.
debris or fragments of disintegrated material
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Origin: From detritus, from detero.
a mass of substances worn off from solid bodies by attrition, and reduced to small portions; as, diluvial detritus
hence: Any fragments separated from the body to which they belonged; any product of disintegration
In biology, detritus is non-living particulate organic material. It typically includes the bodies or fragments of dead organisms as well as fecal material. Detritus is typically colonized by communities of microorganisms which act to decompose the material. In terrestrial ecosystems, it is encountered as leaf litter and other organic matter intermixed with soil, which is referred to as humus. Detritus of aquatic ecosystems is organic material suspended in water, which is referred to as marine snow.
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