litter etymology

English word litter comes from Latin lex, Proto-Indo-European *leg-, Proto-Indo-European *logʰeye-, and later Proto-Italic *legō (Gather, collect.)

Detailed word origin of litter

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
lex Latin (lat) (figurative) a bill which has become a law, a law. (figurative) a condition, stipulation. (figurative) a contract, agreement, covenant. (figurative) a precept, regulation, principle, rule, mode, manner. A proposition or motion for a law made to the people by a magistrate, a bill.
*leg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to gather, to collect
*logʰeye- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*legō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Gather, collect.
lego Latin (lat) I collect, gather, bring together. I choose, select, appoint. I read I deputize.. I dispatch, send as ambassador.
lectus Latin (lat) Bed. Couch, sofa.
lit French (fra) Bed.
lectuarius Latin (lat) Bed. Of or belonging to the bed.
litière French (fra) Litter (for cattle, cats); bedding (for horses). Litter (mode of transport).
litter English (eng) (collective, countable) The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.. (countable) A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.. (uncountable) Absorbent material used in an [...]

Words with the same origin as litter

Descendants of lex
colleague collect collected collecting collection collective collector college election elegant elite illegal intellectual intelligent legacy legal legend legendary legitimate lesson loyalty religion religious select selection
Descendants of *leg-
lake latch leak