dead matter

noun Printing.
type that has been set and used for printing or platemaking and is of no further use.

1875–80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Ditch your rakish past and pick up an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower to
  clear your yard of deciduous dead matter.
Some of the dead matter escapes the degrading microbes and sinks into the
  deeper, darker layers of the ocean.
Here, life is dedicated to recycling dead matter into nutrients that will
  nurture new life.
Dead matter disappearance was calculated each month as the product of relative
  decomposition rate and mean amount of dead matter.
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