Origin of detritus
Examples from the Web for detritus
Perhaps Pappy fans are so insatiable that they even want the detritus of their favorite tot.
Her fantastical accumulations of detritus and throwaway goods can seem to pack more whimsy than wallop.
And then she came up with the idea of asking him to fiddle with his collection of detritus.Tacita Dean’s ‘Five Americans’ Captures a Quiet Brilliance|Blake Gopnik|May 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The artist is drinking beer, smoking and the detritus is building up around him.
The soil bears less the character of detritus, and more that of alluvium, than that seen above.Along Alaska's Great River|Frederick Schwatka
Various fragments of stalactites and stalagmites were found as part of the detritus.Archeological Investigations|Gerard Fowke
How I envied the rabbits overhead, who occasionally dislodged the detritus of rock, which fell upon me.Jethou|E. R. Suffling
The effect of this action is immensely to increase the amount of detritus which the streams convey to the sea.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The Staphylinid live in the carcases of animals, on manure, in detritus, and attack living insects.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for detritus
Word Origin for detritus
Word Origin and History 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.