lit·​ter·​mate | \ ˈli-tər-ˌmāt How to pronounce littermate (audio) \

Definition of littermate

: one of the offspring in a litter in relation to the others

Examples of littermate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The littermate was found, tranquilized and brought back to the ranch. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Oswald's Bear Ranch bear shot during power outage escape," 20 June 2019 Whippets are incredibly fast, but Whiskey’s path includes a speed bump — littermate and sister Bourbon is a contender, too. Crowd-pleasing Biggie the pug is back after drawing a big cheer at the Garden last year. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "What to watch at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show," 10 Feb. 2019 But his bid for a Triple Crown of dogdom ended when he was topped by littermate Bourbon in the breed judging. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Dachshunds get chance to break out of Westminster doghouse," 12 Feb. 2019 Some big cats will also play with their littermates by batting each other’s tails. National Geographic, "Leopard Plays With Prey’s Own Bones," 19 June 2018 Peace, the coyote pup who garnered headlines last year as the lone survivor of a brutal attack that killed his five littermates, survived another close encounter. Christy Gutowski,, "Coyote pup who survived attack a year ago escapes injury when oak falls on pen at wildlife center," 27 May 2018 Mango, along with littermate Kiwi, was dumped in a box at the organization’s clinic in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico, in summer 2017 at a couple of months old, according to Camblor. Kalin Kipling, sacbee, "One pup captured more than the spotlight at the ‘Puppy Bowl.’ He won his new mom’s heart.," 8 Jan. 2018 Imagine a mouse, waking with eyes red and sleepy, turning to his littermates, suddenly unable to say a word. Rachel Hoge, Longreads, "How to Stop Apologizing for My Stutter, and Other Important Lessons," 4 Aug. 2017 Zoo staff were concerned about hand-rearing Zoya apart from the socialization of a mother and littermates. Robert Moran,, "Rare tiger cub born in Philly to be adopted in Oklahoma," 20 July 2017

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Littermate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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