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.
- de·tri·tal, adjective
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How to use detritus in a sentence
Behind those dogs sat grills and bikes and busted washing machines, the regular detritus of life, along with car-sized mounds of one-gallon plastic water bottles.Postcard From Thermal: Surviving the Climate Gap in Eastern Coachella Valley | by Elizabeth Weil and Mauricio Rodríguez Pons | August 17, 2021 | ProPublica
Martin recommends gathering fallen leaves and other detritus that drop from other plants in your yard, to keep them from smothering your moss.
That detritus can become trapped within the diamonds, becoming features called inclusions.Diamonds contain remnants of Earth’s ancient atmosphere | Monroe Hammond | July 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
He sits in a corner, surrounded by common cards and detritus.
Some immunologists hypothesize that the vaccines might be able to eliminate any remaining virus or viral detritus.
Perhaps Pappy fans are so insatiable that they even want the detritus of their favorite tot.
Among the garbage was the typical detritus of public gatherings: water bottles, soda cans, candy wrappers.
Crown emerges from the bedroom with a pair of flat black slacks, the cloudy detritus of afterbirth splayed across the seat.Idaho Woman Who Gave Birth on Highway: ‘I Had to Pull My Pants Down to Get the Baby Out’ | Dale Eisinger | July 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Indeed, they are viewed both as carpet-bagging intruders and low-caste detritus.Burma’s Rohingya Muslims Targeted by Buddhist Mob Violence | Brendan Brady | June 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her fantastical accumulations of detritus and throwaway goods can seem to pack more whimsy than wallop.
Near the coast line the effect of the waves is continually to shove the detritus up the slopes of the continental shelf.
The agents which assist gravitation in bearing this detritus downward are many, but they all work together for the same end.
If by chance the detritus accumulates rapidly, the slope is steepened and the work of the torrent made more efficient.
Further study will reveal the fact that the difference is due to the lack of oxidation in the case of the glacial detritus.
Often they were found in backwaters and many times schools were taken over bottoms where mud and detritus had been deposited.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas | Artie L. Metcalf
British Dictionary definitions for detritus
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
- detrital, adjective
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Scientific definitions for detritus
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.
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