Definition of debitage in English:

debitage

noun

Archaeology
  • [mass noun] Waste material produced in the making of prehistoric stone implements.

    • ‘Occurrences of bona fide Native American items, such as stone tool debitage, were rare (one chert flake); no European objects were found.’
    • ‘Much of this material consists of flake debitage.’
    • ‘First, the densities of wood charcoal and lithic debitage in each level were calculated (weight divided by sample volume) and compared.’
    • ‘Literally a ton of flint was recovered from these units, including 885 kg of debitage and debris and 25 kg of tools and artifacts.’
    • ‘Concentrations of prehistoric ceramics and debitage were noted in two areas that campers had disturbed by clearing and leveling tent sites.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage
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Origin

Mid 20th century: from French débitage cutting of stone, from débiter discharge, dispense.

Pronunciation:

debitage

/ˌdɛbɪˈtɑːʒ/