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litter

[ lit-er ]
/ ˈlɪt ər /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to give birth to a litter: The cat had littered in the closet.
to strew objects about: If you litter, you may be fined.
9 mess (up).

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Idioms for litter

    pick of the litter,
    1. the best or choicest of the animals, especially puppies, in a litter.
    2. the best of any class, group, or available selection.

Origin of litter

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English litere “bed, litter,” from Anglo-French; Old French litiere, from Medieval Latin lectāria, equivalent to Latin lect(us) “bed” + -āria feminine of -ārius noun suffix; see -er2
3. See brood.
letter, lighter, liter, litter
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British Dictionary definitions for litter

litter
/ (ˈlɪtə) /

noun

verb

C13 (in the sense: bed): via Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin lectus bed
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Medical definitions for litter

litter
[ lĭtər ]

n.

A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
The offspring produced at one birth by a multiparous mammal.brood
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