at·​tri·​tus | \ ə‧ˈtrītəs, a‧ˈ-, -ītəs \
plural -es

Definition of attritus

: matter pulverized or finely divided by attrition specifically : one of the constituents of durain consisting of a macerated plant debris including leaves, bark, cuticle, spore and pollen extines, resins, and mineral matter

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First Known Use of attritus

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attritus

New Latin, from Latin, act of rubbing against, rubbing away, from attritus past participle of atterere to rub against, rub away

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“Attritus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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