de·bris also dé·bris (də-brē, dā-, dābrē′)
a. The scattered remains of something broken or destroyed; rubble or wreckage.
b. Carelessly discarded refuse; litter.
2. Geology An accumulation of relatively large rock fragments: glacial debris.
3. Biology The fragmented remains of dead or damaged cells or tissue.
[French débris, from Old French debrisier, to break to pieces : de-, intensive pref.; see DE- + brisier, to break (from Vulgar Latin *brīsāre, to press grapes, probably of Celtic origin).]
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