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detritus

noun [U] uk   /dɪˈtraɪ.təs/ us    /-t̬əs/
formal waste material or rubbish, especially left after a particular event: The stadium was littered with the detritus of yesterday's rock concert.Rubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues specialized biology a loose mass of decaying materialRubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues
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