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De*tri"tus (?), n. [F. d'etritus, fr. L. detritus, p. p. of deterere. See Detriment.]

1. Geol.

A mass of substances worn off from solid bodies by attrition, and reduced to small portions; as, diluvial detritus.

⇒ For large portions, the word d'ebris is used.


Hence: Any fragments separated from the body to which they belonged; any product of disintegration.

The mass of detritus of which modern languages are composed. Farrar.


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