Simple Definition of detritus
: the pieces that are left when something breaks, falls apart, is destroyed, etc.
Full Definition of detritus
plural detritus \-ˈtrī-təs, -ˈtrī-ˌtüs\
Examples of detritus in a sentence
the detritus of ancient civilizations
As he packed, he sifted through the detritus of a failed relationship.
Origin of detritus
French détritus, from Latin detritus, past participle of deterere
First Known Use: 1802
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