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They found the locket amid the detritus of the blast
  the remains of something that has been broken up or discarded
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detritus detrital
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  • They found the locket amid the detritus of the blast
  • the detritus in the back corner of my closet
  • getting rid of her life’s detritus
  • On the advice of Dr. Golan, who thought it would be good for me to "confront the scene of my trauma," I was enlisted to help my dad and Aunt Susie sort through the detritus.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • The yard was littered with abandoned car parts, tires, broken pieces of furniture, and other detritus.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "It’s more like good intentions buried in the detritus of daily life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • By the time Dell and Quang-ha come up the stairs carrying the box of kitchen stuff, we have mopped the floor (which turns out to be shades of orange, not brown), cleaned the microwave and all of the counters, and filled eight trash bags with more detritus.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • The cab of this truck was comparatively clean, the only detritus a stack of papers on the passenger seat.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Perhaps food had appeared where at the last incursion there had been none; bird droppings, insects perhaps, any of the strewn detritus of landward life.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Her last name is listed now as Kouris, but I recognize in the old woman’s face a familiar bright-eyed grin, and more than detritus of her youthful beauty.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • There is no guano comparable in fertility with the detritus of a capital.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The hide, head, and other detritus were bagged and left for the trash man.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Flecks of moss, dirt, and other bits of detritus floated inside the orb.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He looked around the table at the detritus of Alex’s awful dinner and started clearing the untouched plates.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The detritus of crumpled-up bits of parchment, old Gobstones, empty ingredient jars and sweet wrappers that usually covered the common room at the end of each day was gone, as were all Hermione’s elf hats.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • But there was no television, no stack of DVDs or CDs, the sort of detritus Simon associated with modern living rooms.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Jefferson was the type of school that had sprouted from the urban landscape in the past few decades like a flower, nourished by the rich decay and detritus all around.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It is buried under the sad detritus of time, where, no doubt, it belongs.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Now the fire was mutating, forming a gigantic pack of fiery beasts: Flaming serpents, chimaeras, and dragons rose and fell and rose again, and the detritus of centuries on which they were feeding was thrown up into the air into their fanged mouths, tossed high on clawed feet, before being con-sumed by the inferno.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He now wore a photographer’s vest over his simple shalwar kamiz, with pockets enough to accommodate the detritus that swirled nowadays around the frenzied director of the Central Asia Institute.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • His river carries the detritus of a dying civilization and features, among other things, a rat trailing along the bank; the river is slimy, dirty, its famous bridge falling down (in nursery rhyme form), abandoned by its nymphs.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Would be nice to so easily get rid of all of life’s varied detritus.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The sights were familiar, the inventory was the same, but now there was more of everything; vehicles, bomb craters, detritus.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The water was filthy now, streaked with oil and spotted with detritus.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • I shielded my eyes from the shafts of sunlight and began picking my way over the detritus where the altar railing had once stood.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Churchill, Truman, and their aides conferred discreetly on one further, just-emerging alternative: the one whose detritus still floated in the high winds above the testing ground at Alamogordo Air Base in New Mexico, where it had fissioned into human history only days earlier, at five-thirty A.M., on July 16.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He stood up to poke at the papers at the back of the desk, but the medical detritus took up too much space for there to be any room for sorting.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The roads of central Virginia are now littered with the detritus of Lee’s retreating army: guns, blankets, broken wagons, artillery limbers, dead horses, and dead men.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • This mighty turf pit, measured from the bottom of certain ravines, is often not less than seventy feet deep, and presents to the eye the view of successive layers of black burned-up rocky detritus, separated by thin streaks of porous sandstone.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • If I see him at all it is the picture of him silently whittling down fruit-wood dowels into the most refined sets of chopsticks, the used-up squares of finishing sandpaper petaling about his desk amid the other detritus of peanut shells and wood shavings and peels of tangerine, the skins of everything he touches compulsively mined, stripsearched.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Detrital Wash extends for some fifty miles from Lake Mead into the mountains north of Kingman; it drains a big chunk of country.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • After clearing the frozen detritus from Beck’s face, Hutchison discovered that the Texan was still alive, too: "Beck was mumbling something, I think, but I couldn’t tell what he was trying to say.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The thing’s jointless legs seemed to be swatting at the paper and other detritus whirling around it.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • CHAPTER FOUR DETRITAL WASH The desert is the environment of revelation, genetically and physiologically alien, sensorily austere, esthetically abstract, historically inimical….
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • On February 24, seven and a half months after he abandoned the Datsun, McCandless returned to Detrital Wash.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Two days after McCandless set up camp beside Lake Mead, an unusually robust wall of thunderheads reared up in the afternoon sky, and it began to rain, very hard, over much of the Detrital Valley.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • They turned off Temple Bar Road, drove two roadless miles down the bed of Detrital Wash, parked their rigs near the lakeshore, and started scrambling up the steep east bank of the wash, a slope of crumbly white gypsum.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Every chair was filled, every table occupied, mostly by men, and the floors were littered with packs, weapons, bedrolls, antiquated comm equipment, ration boxes, and all of the other detritus of an army of refugees… or perhaps a refugee army.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For a bewildered moment she thought it had started to rain—then she realized it was rubble and dirt and broken glass: the detritus of the shattered manor being flung down around them like deadly hail.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • There was detritus all over the floors—garbage, papers, bandages and other medical supplies.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Political economy therein spies a detritus, social philosophy there beholds a residuum.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Evidence of the dragons’ habitation was visible everywhere, from deep scratches in the basalt to puddles of melted rock to a number of dull, colorless scales caught in nooks, along with other detritus.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It was a sound like the tide crashing up the shore, the breaking of an enormous wave, carrying massive detritus with it, the smashed bones of whole cities, the onrush of a great and evil power.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
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