Definition of debitage in English:



mass nounArchaeology
  • Waste material produced in the making of prehistoric stone implements.

    • ‘First, the densities of wood charcoal and lithic debitage in each level were calculated (weight divided by sample volume) and compared.’
    • ‘Concentrations of prehistoric ceramics and debitage were noted in two areas that campers had disturbed by clearing and leveling tent sites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Literally a ton of flint was recovered from these units, including 885 kg of debitage and debris and 25 kg of tools and artifacts.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage
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1940s: from French débitage ‘cutting of stone’, from débiter ‘discharge, dispense’.