debris

Debris is trash scattered around after a disaster, like shattered glass on the road after a car accident.

Debris comes from French for "waste, rubbish." Although debris usually refers to the trash leftover after some kind of explosion or crash, it can also be what's on your floor after hosting a kid's make-your-own pizza party, or what you shouldn't leave at the park after a picnic. Sometimes Mother Nature leaves debris, such as a pile of rocks, or that car on your lawn after the flood recedes. Don't pronounce the "s": debris rhymes with "be free."

Definitions of debris
  1. noun
    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
    synonyms: detritus, dust, junk, rubble
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    types:
    slack
    dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
    type of:
    garbage, refuse, rubbish, scrap, trash
    worthless material that is to be disposed of
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