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de·tri·tus  audio  (d-trts) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. detritus
  1. Loose fragments or grains that have been worn away from rock.
    1. Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.
    2. Accumulated material; debris: "Poems, engravings, press releaseshe eagerly scrutinizes the detritus of fame" (Carlin Romano).

ETYMOLOGY:
French détritus, from Latin dtrtus, from past participle of dterere, to lessen, wear away ; see detriment

OTHER FORMS:
de·trital  (-trtl) KEY (Adjective)


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