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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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orientalis forest soil, the mixed decomposition of leaf litter and roots showed promoting effect on soil sucrase, protease, polyphenoloxidase, urease, phosphatase, actinomycetes, CEC and available P, however showed inhibitory effect on soil catalase, dehydrogenase, bacteria, fungi, organic matter, available N and available K.
In order to explain the comprehensive interaction between leaf litter and roots in affecting on soil properties, the increment ratios (Delta) of practical (PLR) values in contrast to theoretical (TLR) values were used for principal component analysis.
The result indicated that leaf litter and roots when mix-incubated with forest soil showed promoting effect on soil properties in the P.
As the previous studies showed, not only the chemical components of leaf litter and roots are different (Lemma et al.
After measured the exactly ratio of leaf litter and roots, to research the interaction between them on soil properties is the key point of the future research.
Leaf litter in Florida was almost entirely deciduous.
All species of tardigrades identified in leaf litter at our three sites are widespread, even cosmopolitan (Mclnnes, 1994).
Overall pattern of vertical distribution in leaf litter from Louisiana and Florida was similar to that reported by Guidetti et al.
Our samples of leaf litter from deciduous and pine forests of the coastal plain of Louisiana and Florida Peninsula contained fewer species and lower densities of tardigrades than Guidetti et al.
Ecological and faunistic studies on tardigrades in leaf litter of beech forests.