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litter

1. a group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal such as a sow
2. a layer of partly decomposed leaves, twigs, etc., on the ground in a wood or forest
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Litter

 

a layer of the remains of dead plants on the soil surface in a forest, meadow, or steppe. Its thickness varies from a fraction of a centimeter to 30 cm or greater. In spruce forests of the taiga zone, there are 40–80 tons of litter per hectare (ha), and in oak forests of the forest steppe 8–15 tons per ha.


Litter

 

the dead branches, leaves, and other parts of plants that have fallen onto the ground or the bottom of a body of water. The annual accumulation of such organic matter on the soil surface and in the forest is called litter.

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