1. A young cat.
2. One of the young of various other small felines and of certain other mammals, such as beavers.
intr.v. kit·tened, kit·ten·ing, kit·tens
To bear kittens.
[Middle English kitoun, probably from Old North French *caton, diminutive of cat, cat, from Late Latin cattus.]
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