Definition of

Litter

  1. (noun, group) the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal
  2. (noun, substance) rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)
  3. (noun, artifact) conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
  4. (noun, artifact) material used to provide a bed for animals
  5. (verb, stative) strew
  6. (verb, contact) make a place messy by strewing garbage around
  7. (verb, body) give birth to a litter of animals

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Litter

bedding, bedding material

Origin of the word Litter

  1. c.1300, "a bed," also "bed-like vehicle carried on men's shoulders" (early 14c.), from Anglo-Fr. litere "portable bed," from O.Fr. litiere, from M.L. lectaria "litter" (altered in O.Fr. by influence of lit "bed"), from L. lectus "bed, couch." Meaning extended early 15c. to "straw used for bedding" (early 14c. in Anglo-Fr.) and late 15c. to "of… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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