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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "‘Disappearing’ Exoplanet Might Not Have Been a Planet After All," 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, "South Asia now has the oldest evidence of bows and arrows outside Africa," 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 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of leavings

old-fashioned : 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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