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Etymology

From French litière, from lit, ‘bed’, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] lectus; confer Greek λέκτρον. Had the sense ‘bed’ in very early English, but then came to mean ‘portable couch’, ‘bedding’, ‘strewn rushes (for animals)’, ...

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Noun

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Singular
litter

Plural
s

litter (s)
  1. (countable) A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.
  2. (countable) The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.
  3. (uncountable) Material used as bedding for animals.
  4. (uncountable) Collectively, items discarded on the ground.
  5. (uncountable) Absorbent material used in an animal's litter tray
  6. (uncountable) Layer of fallen leaves and similar organic matter in a forest floor.

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Verb

Infinitive
to litter

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to litter (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To drop or throw trash without properly disposing of it (as discarding in public areas rather than trash receptacles).
    • By tossing the bottle out the window, he was littering.
  2. (transitive) To give birth to, used of animals.

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