a steep mass of detritus on the side of a mountain.

1775–85; < Old Norse skritha landslide Unabridged
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scree (skriː)
Also called: talus an accumulation of weathered rock fragments at the foot of a cliff or hillside, often forming a sloping heap
[Old English scrīthan to slip; related to Old Norse skrītha to slide, German schreiten to walk]

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Word Origin & History

1781, back-formation from screes (pl.) "pebbles, small stones," from O.N. skriða "landslide," from skriða "to slide, glide," from P.Gmc. *skrithanan (cf. O.E. scriþan "to go, glide," O.S. skridan, Du. schrijden, O.H.G. scritan, Ger. schreiten "to stride").
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Example sentences
We keep one eye on a group crossing a scree slope, the other eye on the cliffs
  at its top.
We stay above the river, crossing avalanche scree and frozen marshes on numbing
The top of the escarpment was composed of crumbling columns of hardened lava,
  the bottom a steep incline of rock and scree.
Beyond it was a steep hill, and past the hill a depression of scree and weed
  and stunted firs.
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