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[mass noun] Waste material produced in the making of prehistoric stone implements.
debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckageView synonyms
- ‘Literally a ton of flint was recovered from these units, including 885 kg of debitage and debris and 25 kg of tools and artifacts.’
- ‘Occurrences of bona fide Native American items, such as stone tool debitage, were rare (one chert flake); no European objects were found.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Much of this material consists of flake debitage.’
Mid 20th century: from French débitage cutting of stone, from débiter discharge, dispense.
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