Definition of debitage in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Literally a ton of flint was recovered from these units, including 885 kg of debitage and debris and 25 kg of tools and artifacts.’
    • ‘First, the densities of wood charcoal and lithic debitage in each level were calculated (weight divided by sample volume) and compared.’
    • ‘Much of this material consists of flake debitage.’
    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’.