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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: litiere, from lit 'bed'


1 noun
Related topics: Pets, Animals, Agriculture


[uncountable] waste paper, cans etc that people have thrown away and left on the ground in a public place [= rubbish, trash, garbage]:
People who drop litter can be fined in some cities.
a town with a litter problem

baby animals

[countable]HBA a group of baby animals that a mother gives birth to at the same time
litter of
a litter of kittens

for cat's toilet

[uncountable]DHP small grains of a dry substance that is put in a container that a cat uses as a toilet indoors:
cat litter
a litter tray


[uncountable] leaf litter dead leaves and other decaying plants on the ground in a forest

a litter of something

literary a group of things that look very untidy:
A litter of notes, papers, and textbooks were strewn on the desk.

for animal's bed

[uncountable]TA a substance such as straw that a farm animal sleeps on


[countable]TTB a chair or bed for carrying important people, used in past times

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