1. [syn: debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus]
2. loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn away from rocks;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Detritus \De*tri"tus\, n. [F. d['e]tritus, 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
Note: For large portions, the word d['e]bris is used.
2. Hence: Any fragments separated from the body to which they
belonged; any product of disintegration.
The mass of detritus of which modern languages are
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
65 Moby Thesaurus words for "detritus":
afterglow, afterimage, alluvion, alluvium, balance, breccia, butt,
butt end, candle ends, chaff, debris, deposit, diluvium, drift,
end, fag end, filings, fossil, grain, granule, granulet, gravel,
grit, holdover, husks, leavings, leftovers, loess, moraine,
odds and ends, offscourings, orts, parings, rags, refuse, relics,
remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum, rest, roach,
rubbish, ruins, rump, sand, sawdust, scourings, scraps, scree,
sediment, shadow, shavings, shingle, silt, sinter, straw, stubble,
stump, survival, sweepings, trace, vestige, waste