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What does "minute debris" mean in the context of an avalanche? I can't find it anywhere.

The fragments of ice hit the ground around them. The ground beneath his feet trembled and shifted with the onslaught, and MINUTE DEBRIS filled the air with a haze of icy vapor that stung his face. He could barely see, he was running on instinct, no time to think.

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minute sounds like my nute – JuliandotNut Aug 3 '14 at 14:11
Perhaps "my newt" would be more user-friendly. – JMB Sep 30 '14 at 12:52
@JMB depends on how well you trained it ;) – J A Terroba Oct 21 '14 at 17:33
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'minute' is an adjective and means 'small.'

'debris' is a noun and means:

pieces of wood, metal, brick, etc. that are left after something has been destroyed (see http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/debris).

Together, then, it means 'small + pieces of destroyed things'.

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