noun at·tri·tus \ə‧ˈtrītəs, a‧ˈ-, -ītəs\

Definition of attritus



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of attritus

New Latin, from Latin, act of rubbing against, rubbing away, from attritus past participle of atterere to rub against, rub away — more at attrite

First Known Use: 1818

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