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debris

[duh-bree, dey-bree or, esp. British, deb-ree] /dəˈbri, ˈdeɪ bri or, esp. British, ˈdɛb ri/
noun
1.
the remains of anything broken down or destroyed; ruins; rubble:
the debris of buildings after an air raid.
2.
Geology. an accumulation of loose fragments of rock.
Also, débris.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French débris, Middle French debris, derivative of debriser to break up (in pieces), Old French debrisier (de- de- + brisier to break; see bruise)
Synonyms
1. detritus, litter, trash.
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British Dictionary definitions for deb rises

debris

/ˈdeɪbrɪ; ˈdɛbrɪ/
noun
1.
fragments or remnants of something destroyed or broken; rubble
2.
a collection of loose material derived from rocks, or an accumulation of animal or vegetable matter
Word Origin
C18: from French, from obsolete debrisier to break into pieces, from bruisier to shatter, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for deb rises

debris

n.

1708, from French débris "remains, waste, rubbish" (16c.), from obsolete debriser "break down, crush," from Old French de- (see de-) + briser "to break," from Late Latin brisare, possibly of Gaulish origin (cf. Old Irish brissim "I break").

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