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Dictionary.com/Word of the Day Archive/detritus (123 words)
The water was smooth and brown, with detritus swirling in the eddies from the increasing current.
The loose detritus of thought, washed down to us through long ages.
Detritus derives from the past participle of Latin deterere, "to rub away, to wear out," from de-, "from" + terere, "to rub." It is related to detriment, at root "a rubbing away, a wearing away," hence "damage, harm."
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