Definition of debitage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɛbɪˈtɑːʒ/


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


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

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