One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Seaweed, debris, etc., washed up by the sea or by tides or floodwaters.
2Things rejected as useless, worthless, or superfluous; refuse, detritus.
3Zoology. Material excreted, regurgitated, or otherwise discarded by an animal during or after feeding.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. From post-classical Latin reiectamenta, plural of reiectamentum.
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