What does detritus mean?

Definitions for detritusdɪˈtraɪ təs

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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

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  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

  3. Origin: [F. dtritus, fr. L. detritus, p. p. of deterere. See Detriment.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detritus

    de-trī′tus, n. a mass of substance gradually rubbed or worn off solid bodies: an aggregate of broken or loosened fragments, esp. of rock.—n. Detri′tion, a wearing away. [L.,—de, off, and terĕre, tritum, to rub.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detritus in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detritus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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