plural noun
leav·​ings | \ ˈlē-viŋz How to pronounce leavings (audio) \

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Examples of leavings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Future archaeologists examining the leavings of the 21st century will likely find scads of toxic crud, along with plenty of plastic trash. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, 2 July 2021 Officers said her basement was covered in hay, rabbit food and other leavings related to the animals. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 17 May 2021 To search for what amounts to fossilized leavings of ancient life, astrobiologists have selected Jezero Crater, a basin where the water from various rivers pooled more than 3.5 billion years ago. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, 18 Feb. 2021 If Gáspár and Rieke are right, then the plume of debris formerly known as Fomalhaut b is actually the leavings of an exceedingly rare celestial event: the collision of two massive 125-mile-long asteroids. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2020 As time went on, the points got larger, and so did the animals that turned up among the cave-dwellers’ dinner leavings: wild pigs and deer. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of leavings

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Leavings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leavings. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leavings

: things that remain after an activity is finished


noun plural
leav·​ings | \ ˈlē-viŋz How to pronounce leavings (audio) \

Kids Definition of leavings

: things remaining the leavings of dinner

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