s) KEY NOUN: pl. detritus
- Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
- Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.
- Accumulated material; debris: "Poems, engravings, press releaseshe eagerly scrutinizes the detritus of fame" (Carlin Romano).
, from Latin dtrtus
, from past participle of dterere
, to lessen, wear away
; see detrimentOTHER FORMS:de·trital
l) KEY (Adjective)