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.

Thank you!

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    minute sounds like my nute Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 14:11
  • Perhaps "my newt" would be more user-friendly.
    – JMB
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 12:52
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    @JMB depends on how well you trained it ;) Commented Oct 21, 2014 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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