debris

or dé·bris

[ duh-bree, dey-bree or, especially British, deb-ree ]
/ dəˈbri, ˈdeɪ bri or, especially British, ˈdɛb ri /

noun

the remains of anything broken down or destroyed; ruins; rubble: the debris of buildings after an air raid.
Geology. an accumulation of loose fragments of rock.

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Origin of debris

1700–10; <French débris,Middle French debris, derivative of debriser to break up (in pieces), Old French debrisier (de-de- + brisier to break; see bruise)
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debris

dbris

/ (ˈdeɪbrɪ, ˈdɛbrɪ) /

noun

fragments or remnants of something destroyed or broken; rubble
a collection of loose material derived from rocks, or an accumulation of animal or vegetable matter

Word Origin for debris

C18: from French, from obsolete debrisier to break into pieces, from bruisier to shatter, of Celtic origin
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