Detritus - tripped on this word reading Maya's blog.
She writes eloquently of her time in India,
"All these things were around me, not enveloping me, but still there, rampant overpopulation, disease and strife, poverty and detritus."
I cherish the writer who drops a word jewel into a sentence and offers no clue as to its meaning. Thank you Maya for sending me to my dictionary and synonym finder. I smiled a crooked smile when listed among the many synonyms for detritus was flotsam and jetsam.
How I do love words.
Definition of Detritus
1 : loose material (as rock fragments or organic particles) that results directly from disintegration2 : a product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away : DEBRIS