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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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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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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References in classic literature ?
Don Quixote would have looked to see whether the body in the litter were bones or not, but Sancho would not have it, saying:
Half an hour later, as the creaking litter jolted up the hill path that leads south-easterly from Shamlegh, Kim saw a tiny figure at the hut door waving a white rag.
At least she did not treat me like a child.' He hitched the front of his robe, where lay the slab of documents and maps, re-stowed the precious food-bag at the lama's feet, laid his hand on the litter's edge, and buckled down to the slow pace of the grunting husbands.
The children seemed to tumble about and amuse themselves like a litter of rough, good-natured collie puppies.
The litter was swept up from the carpet, and the cinders and ashes were taken out of the grate, and the whole of it was in the bucket, when her attention was recalled to the children by hearing one of them cry.
As soon as he had gained the attention of the mourning old man, he pointed toward a group of young Indians, who approached with a light but closely covered litter, and then pointed upward toward the sun.
Then, gladly throwing himself into the saddle, he spurred his charger to the side of the litter, whence law and stifled sobs alone announced the presence of Alice.
So these also came to the church, and there Sir Stephen leaped from his horse and, coming to the litter, handed fair Ellen out therefrom.
There is also no clear opinion concerning whether gilts are best selected for breeding from the largest or smallest litters (Holl and Robison, 2003; Rekiel et al., 2013).
Additionally, retailers benefit from offering a different selection of cat litter types that cater to the instinctual needs and preferences of cats, especially when manufacturers are innovating litters that have features that cater to consumers as well.
Authorities should take initiatives to introduce punishments such as making the person who litters to clean the place.