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

n the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Synonyms:
detritus, dust, junk, rubble
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:
rubbish, scrap, trash
worthless material that is to be disposed of

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