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  • mainly geological: pieces of rock broken off by ice, glacier, or erosion
  • In biology, detritus is organic waste material from decomposing dead plants or animals.
  • debris or fragments of disintegrated material
  • Many birds use detritus to build their nests.
  • flotsam and jetsam
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

De*tri"tus (?), n. [F. détritus, 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.

&fist; For large portions, the word débris 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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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