lit·​ter·​mate | \ˈli-tər-ˌmāt \

Definition of littermate 

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

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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 Puppies learn a great deal of social skills from their littermates and their mother. Anika Marinakis, The Mercury News, "Critter Corner: Want puppies around? Volunteer as foster caregiver," 16 May 2017 The dog comes into being as a puppy, scrabbling with its littermates. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Schmaltzy, Cinematic Dog Death Reaches Its Logical Endpoint," 28 Jan. 2017 Five other littermates were also delivered, each surrounded by its own placenta, as is usually the case in dogs. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "First Ever Confirmed Case of Puppy Identical Twins," 2 Sep. 2016

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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