- rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.
- any disintegrated material; debris.
Origin of detritus
Examples from the Web for detrital
Historical Examples of detrital
It does not go to increase the great body of detrital deposits.The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays
J. (John) Joly
The margin of this new lake, acting upon the detrital matter, would form the second road.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
The slight elevations of sandy "geest" or detrital spurs were limited in area and in time outgrown.Influences of Geographic Environment
Ellen Churchill Semple
The sides also became less vertical, and there was an accumulation of detrital fragments about their bases.A Journey in Other Worlds
John Jacob Astor
Trap′-tū′fa, -tuff, a variety of tufa consisting of the detrital matter of trap-rock.
- a loose mass of stones, silt, etc, worn away from rocks
- an accumulation of disintegrated material or debris
- the organic debris formed from the decay of organisms
Word Origin for detritus
1795, "process of erosion," from Latin detritus "a wearing away," from detri-, stem of detere "wear away" (see detriment). Geological sense of "matter produced by erosion" is 1802, probably from French detritus; incorrect, in any case.
- Loose matter resulting from the wearing away or disintegration of tissue or other material.
- Loose fragments, such as sand or gravel, that have been worn away from rock.
- Matter produced by the decay or disintegration of an organic substance.