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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: débris, from Old French debriser 'to break in pieces'

debris

noun
     
deb‧ris [uncountable]
1 the pieces of something that are left after it has been destroyed in an accident, explosion etc:
She was hit by flying debris from the blast.
2 technical pieces of waste material, paper etc
plant/garden/industrial etc debris
Clean the ventilation ducts to remove dust and insect debris.

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