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de·tri·tus / diˈtrītəs/ • n. waste or debris of any kind: streets filled with rubble and detritus. ∎  gravel, sand, silt, or other material produced by erosion. ∎  organic matter produced by the decomposition of organisms. DERIVATIVES: de·tri·tal / -təl/ adj.

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detritus

detritus Particles of organic material derived from dead and decomposing organisms, resulting from the activities of the decomposers. Detritus is the source of food for detritivores, which can themselves be eaten by carnivores in a detritus food chain: detritus → detritivore → carnivore.

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detritus

detritus Literally, debris produced by rubbing; fragments of dead material (e.g. leaf litter, dung, moulted feathers, and corpses). In aquatic habitats, detritus provides habitats equivalent to those that occur in soil humus.

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Detritus

Detritus

an accumulation of debris; any waste or disintegrated material. See also debris.

Examples: detritus of languages, 1851; of ruins, 1866; of loose stones, 1851; loose detritus of thought, 1849.

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detritus Litter formed from fragments of dead material (e.g. leaf litter, dung, moulted feathers, and corpses). In aquatic habitats, detritus provides habitats equivalent to those which occur in soil humus.

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detritus

detritus Litter formed from fragments of dead material (e.g. leaf-litter, dung, moulted feathers, and corpses). In aquatic habitats, detritus provides habitats equivalent to those which occur in soil humus.

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detritus

detritus †wearing away by rubbing XVIII; (after F. détritus) matter produced by such action XIX. — L. dētrītus, f. dētrī- (see prec.).

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detritus

detritus (di-try-tŭs) n. particles of matter produced by disintegration, tissue death, etc.

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