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 for detritus
From 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
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     Note: For large portions, the word d['e]bris is used.
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     2. Hence: Any fragments separated from the body to which they
        belonged; any product of disintegration.
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              The mass of detritus of which modern languages are
              composed.                             --Farrar.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken
           up [syn: debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus]
      2: loose material (stone fragments and silt etc) that is worn
         away from rocks

From 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

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