Definitions for detritusdɪˈtraɪ təs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•tri•tusdɪˈtraɪ 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.

    Category: Geology, Petrology

  2. any disintegrated material; debris.

Origin of detritus:

1785–95; < F détritus < L: a rubbing away


Princeton's WordNet

  1. debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus(noun)

    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

  2. detritus(noun)

    loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks


  1. detritus(Noun)

    pieces of rock broken off by ice, glacier, or erosion.

  2. detritus(Noun)

    Organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals.

  3. detritus(Noun)

    debris or fragments of disintegrated material

    2001. "But of course: no clutter. No newspapers, no renegade scraps of domestic detritus, no rubber bands, paper clips, coupons, pens or pencils, notebooks, magazines. No knives. Where were the knives?" uE000148673uE001 Chip Kidd. The Cheese Monkeys

  4. Origin: From detritus, from detero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detritus(noun)

    a mass of substances worn off from solid bodies by attrition, and reduced to small portions; as, diluvial detritus

  2. Detritus(noun)

    hence: Any fragments separated from the body to which they belonged; any product of disintegration


  1. Detritus

    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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