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lit·ter

(lit'ĕr),
1. A stretcher or portable couch for moving the sick or injured.
2. A group of animals of the same parents, born at the same time. Synonym(s): brood (1)
[Fr. litière; fr. lit, bed]

litter

/lit·ter/ (lit´er) stretcher.

litter

(lĭt′ər)
n.
1. The group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal.
2. A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
v. lit·tered, lit·tering, lit·ters
v.tr.
1. To give birth to (a litter).
2. To make untidy by discarding rubbish carelessly: Someone had littered the beach with food wrappers.
3. To scatter about: littered towels all over the locker room.
4. To be scattered about (an area): "A lot of torn envelopes and open letters littered his bed" (Joseph Conrad).
5. To include certain items such as expressions throughout (a speech or piece of writing, for example): littered his letters with the names of powerful friends.
6. Archaic To supply (animals) with litter for bedding or floor covering.
v.intr.
1. To give birth to a litter.
2. To scatter litter.

lit′ter·er n.

litter

Etymology: Fr, lit, bed
a stretcher.

litter

Military medicine A mobile bed for transporting wounded military personnel Vox populi Trash strewn in a public or open place

lit·ter

(lit'ĕr)
1. A stretcher or portable couch for moving the sick or injured.
2. A group of animals of the same parents, born at the same time.
[Fr. litière; fr. lit, bed]

litter

  1. any material aggregated on the surface of soil from above-ground vegetation.
  2. the offspring produced at any one time by a mammal.

litter

1. the group of neonates, products of one gestation, provided the average number is in excess of two.
2. dry particulate material used for bedding or as absorptive layer under animals or periodically by the animal to absorb urine and dry out feces. Dry litter system for poultry and litter for cats to use for urination and defecation while indoors.

litter size
the number of young in a litter is an important statistic in pigs because of the need to maximize the output of piglets per sow per year.
litter tray
the container, usually broad with low sides, that holds some absorbent material; used by indoor cats for urination and defecation.
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Thus, leaf litter decomposes at a rate determined by the environment and leaf chemistry.
They are associated with outdoor organic materials including mulches, leaf litter, and other debris.
Every month, the soil humidity was measured (at surface, 20cm and 40cm depth) in the center of each plot and the leaf litter present in three subplots of 1m" selected at random was collected by hand.
Nutritional and plant-mediated controls on leaf litter decomposition of Carex species.
Proteoid roots grew upward into overlying leaf litter and between flat-lying leaves.
We concentrate on leaf litter effects, simply because leaves are the dominant litter component.
Effects of leaf litter on establishment, growth and survival of invasive plant seedlings in a deciduous forest.
Leaf litter carried the highest concentration, followed by live leaves and then roots, according to the study published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science.
Aerts R (1997) Climate, leaf litter chemistry and leaf litter decomposition in terrestrial ecosystems: a triangular relationship.
0 had dry and wet dicot leaf litter as fixed effects and explained 40% and 37% of variance, respectively (Table 2).
The city of Madison used municipal leaf collection, street cleaning and leaf blowers to remove leaf litter from residential areas, and asked residents to pile their leaves adjacent to the street to limit excess debris.
Although leaf litter is relevant to associated organisms and the plant itself, little attention has been given to factors, such as bromeliad structure, that could determine the amount of leaf litter retained by the plant as well as its effect on the invertebrate community.